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Andy Robertson’s rise is no surprise admits ex-Celtic defender.

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The rise of Andy Robertson has been nothing short of sensational and it continues as he plays in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid.

The man who brought him to Dundee United and gave him a chance, Jackie McNamara, says the rise of Robertson was expected.

McNamara is happy that when others doubted the ability of the Liverpool fullback he gave him a contract at United, he has gone on and done bigger and better things at Hull, Liverpool and Scotland, his former manager puts it under the “no-brainer” category.

He said: “Obviously, it’s very pleasing for me having signed Andy but, having seen him for Queen’s Park when he was there, I never thought of it as a gamble.

“It was clear what a good player he was going to be and how he would progress.

“While he is at a huge club in Liverpool, my guess is that in the future they’ll struggle to hold on to him and he will go even higher.”

Robertson always wanted to improve at his time at Dundee United, which seemed to shock many of the coaches.

“If Andy had done something wrong and you pointed it out to him, he’d take it on board and didn’t need telling twice,”

Sean Dillon, who captained Robertson on his debut against Partick Thistle, agrees that the fullback didn’t need telling twice, and reveals he will watch tonights final with pride.

“I get a buzz from speaking about Andy because he’s a special player and it was quickly obvious how good he was going to be,” said Dillo.

“Would I say I thought one day I’d be watching him in a Champions League Final? The honest answer to that is no because you can never tell about things like that.

“What I always knew was he was a lad who was going to go to a higher level, not just because he had talent, but because he worked very hard.

“There was a group of them, Andy, Ryan Gauld and the young keeper Joe McGovern, who were close mates.

“They liked a laugh and a good time but everything was always geared up to do all they could to make it in the game and it was great to see.

“The thing that pleases me most about Andy is that more even important to him than football was being a decent person.

“He was always very generous with his time and helped people whenever he could. Actually, I was at the PFA dinner the other week and spent a big chunk of the evening chatting with his mum and dad. I know how proud they are of him, and rightly so.”

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