Manchester City kid is ready for Scottish game with Ross County
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ALEXANDER Robertson felt like the stars were aligning for a debut against Dundee – before Covid-19 tore up the script.
The lingering ill-effects of a brutal outbreak in the Staggies’ camp put paid to Sunday’s group C League Cup match in Dingwall, with a 3–0 victory awarded to the Dens Park men, just as it had been against Forfar.
For Robertson, an 18-year-old loanee from Manchester City, it was doubly disappointing given the identity of the opposition.
His dad Mark, an ex-Australia international, and his granddad Alex both played for the Dark Blues, as did uncle Gavin Rae.
“I was actually born in Dundee, so it would have been an interesting twist to make my debut against them,” the England youth international said.
“But the club has put the health of the players first and it was the correct decision.”
Robertson, given the tartan streak in his family tree, could still swap allegiance to Scotland, but also qualifies for Australia and for Peru through mum Lucia.
That decision is for another day. Making his mark in Scotland’s Premiership and building experience is foremost in the mind after twin title successes last season with Man City under-18s and under-23s.
“I’m not thinking too far ahead on international football,” he stressed. “England’s younger levels are a great experience for me.
“It is a terrific opportunity for me coming to Ross County and everyone has been really welcoming. I just can’t wait to play in front of the fans.
“Last season was one full of learning curves and it was a good feeling to win some silverware. I want to build on that and this is the next step for me.
“The under-23s and the Checktrade Trophy last season gave me a taste of playing against men. Scotland should be quite physical, but that’s something I’m ready for – I grew up watching the league and that’s a part of the game I enjoy.
“I like to get stuck in, so I’m looking forward to it.”