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Scotland captain Robertson apologises to fans after dismal Ukraine defeat


Scotland captain Andrew Robertson has apologised to fans after their dismal World Cup qualifying elimination by Ukraine.

Scotland lost 3-1 at home to miss out on Qatar 2022.

"It's hugely disappointing," said Scotland skipper Robertson. "We have waited a long time for this game and our performances beforehand have been really good but, to be honest, we didn't really show up. Ukraine settled into the game quicker than us and that continued.

"We knew they were going to get tired and that was the case but we gave ourselves too much of an uphill battle.

"We were pushing at the end and left ourselves open to the counter attack, but you have to do that. We didn't play the way we wanted to and that's the most disappointing thing.

"Unfortunately, it's passed us by now and, after a really positive campaign, we've let ourselves down tonight.

"It's been a positive campaign, finishing second and getting a home play-off and we have to hurt. That's the World Cup gone for another four years and that's really hard because we all had dreams of trying to play in that big tournament.

"We didn't put in a performance that justified that tonight. There will be scrutiny, we will be under fire. That's the way of it but we have to stick together as a group.

"We've taken massive strides over the past couple of years and there will be a time where we have to put it in perspective but tonight is not that night.

"All we can say is sorry to the fans in here and back home for disappointing them."

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