Writer: Tactful Sheik
Date:Monday September 10 2007
There were a few Dundee United supporters disappointed at Alex McLeish`s decision not to include Barry Robson in the Scotland side to play Lithuanian at the weekend.
The Scotland boss gave United captain Robson a 2nd half debut in the recent 1-0 friendly win over South Africa - but didn`t even give him a place on the bench for the weekends match at Hampden.
Several football pundits commented on the lack of crosses from the wider areas during the European Championship qualifier, something which 28-year-old Robson does extremely well for Dundee United in the SPL.
Although, even without Barry Robson, Scotland still managed to win the match 3-1, with goals from Rangers` Kris Boyd (31mins), Celtic`s Stephen McManus (77mins) and Everton`s James McFadden (83mins).
Before the Lithuania win, Robson admitted the confidence was high in the training camp, but Scotland now sit 2nd in their group and have nothing to fear about playing leaders France on Wednesday night.
Robson could face up against Thierry Henry for the second time this season, after the French striker made his debut for Barcelona against Dundee United in a high profile pre-season friendly at Tannadice.
After Henry`s late winner, the former Arsenal player praised the United captain and midfielder Craig Conway.
"He made some nice comments about me when we played against Barcelona in a friendly and everybody knows how good France are" admitted Robson to Sky Sports.
"Comments from great players do help, but I think you've got to get there on your own merits."
"In the past two or three years, I've started to develop as a football player and became a lot more mature."
"I've worked really hard on my fitness. I have been staying behind at training and that's really helped me and you get your just rewards when you work hard."
"It's been a real long, hard journey to get here and it will be even harder to stay, but I am ready for the challenge."
Date:Monday September 10 2007
Big decision ahead (Wednesday March 12 2014)
United could be at disadvantage (Wednesday March 12 2014)
Derby action for United (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Defender ruled out (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Striker hailed as 'unplayable' (Monday March 10 2014)
McNamara delighted to advance (Sunday March 9 2014)
United await replay (Sunday March 9 2014)
Tangerines crush Highlanders (Sunday March 9 2014)
Stats: Inverness CT v Dundee United (Sunday March 9 2014)
Tangerines in cup action (Friday March 7 2014)
|St. Johnstone||3||-||0||Dundee United|
|St. Mirren||4||-||1||Dundee United|
|Dundee United||1||-||0||Ross County|
|5. Dundee United||26||11||8||7||15||41|
|6. St. Johnstone||27||10||5||12||3||35|
|Big decision ahead
» Dundee United : 12/03/2014 15:05:00
|United could be at disadvantage
» Dundee United : 12/03/2014 15:00:00
|Derby action for United
» Dundee United : 11/03/2014 17:24:00
|Defender ruled out
» Dundee United : 11/03/2014 16:44:00
|Striker targets Europe
» Celtic : 11/03/2014 16:29:00
|Defender urged to stay
» Celtic : 11/03/2014 16:23:00
|No targets for striker
» Celtic : 10/03/2014 21:18:00