Andy Robertson reveals Lyndon Dykes still has to part to play for Scotland at Euro 2024

Lyndon Dykes’ Euros adventure was ended before it had even begun.

But Scotland skipper Andy Robertson is thrilled the big striker is still coming along for the ride. The QPR frontman suffered a devastating blow last week when a freak training ground twist saw the 28-year-old suffer an ankle injury that’s now ruled him out of this month’s festival of football. It was a nightmare moment for both boss Steve Clarke and his players just a fortnight out from their big night in the continental spotlight as they take on hosts Germany in the June 14 opener.

Dykes, though, is determined to make the most of a heartbreaking situation and has vowed to travel with the Scots squad to Munich and cheer on Clarke’s men as they bid to stun the three-time tournament winners in their Bavarian backyard. And Robertson is adamant that just because his pal will be consigned to a seat in the stands, it does not mean he can’t help the national team stand tall against Die Mannschaft.

He said: “I’ve spoken with Lyndon. I didn’t tell him to stay in camp, because that has to be his own choice. But to be fair to the big man, he’s keen to come and he wants to be involved. He doesn’t want to miss out, his family are all booked up. I’ve spoken with his wife when she was in the hotel and she’s still determined on coming! It’s great for us because Lyndon is a big part of what we do. He plays a big part off the field as well.

“Although he can’t contribute on the pitch, he can contribute off it. If the big man wants to do that, then it’s happy days for us because he really is a massive part of our squad. So I’m delighted that he’s going to come. It had to be his own choice. We wouldn’t have forced him if his head space wasn’t right. But he’s managed to get over it a lot quicker than I would so fair play to him for that. I’d love to have him on the pitch but the next best thing is with us off it.”

Clarke admits he was left “s***ing myself” as he watched defender Liam Cooper present another injury scare after limping out of Monday night’s warm-up win over Gibraltar. And Robertson confessed that shock came after a bolt of dread had been sent screeching through the playing squad with Dykes’ moment of misfortune. Obviously losing Lyndon was a tough one for all of us,” said the Liverpool defender.

“It made all of us think, ‘Ah, we just want to get to Germany now!’ When you see one of your friends fall on the pitch in a strange way, it’s a bit of a tough one for the squad. Of course it is. Everybody has that in the back of their minds.”

The cruel luck which means Dykes - plus fellow absentees Lewis Ferguson, Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson - will now sit out the tournament has opened the door for a couple of new faces. Ross McCrorie earned his first cap in the 2-0 win over the men from the Rock while Robertson’s young Anfield colleague Ben Doak could be set to do the same against Finland on Friday night, provided he’s fully recovered from a recent knee issue.

Clarke will then have to decide if both are up to joining his final 26-man squad - but Robertson had no concerns.

“Obviously Ross McCrorie made his senior debut against Gibraltar,” he said. “It was an impressive debut. We’ve got people who have relatively low number of caps but that’s part and parcel of it. Unfortunately we’ve lost quite a few to injury, which isn’t ideal. We’ve got people coming back from injury too, so they’re up against the clock. Hopefully they make it.

“But it is what it is. It’s not going to stop us from going to enjoy it, from going to compete. For the experienced lads, we’ll always try to help the newer lads.

"But what I can say is the new lads in our team are fearless. You saw that from Ross on Monday. Fair play. They don’t need much help but any guidance they do, then we’re always there for them.”

Victory in the Algarve finally got Clarke’s side back on track after a concerning seven-game run without a win. But Robbo admits his side need to rediscover the missing mojo which took them to Germany in the first place.

He told Sky Sports: “We are where we want to be. Monday night was a good thing for us to get back to winning ways, to get that confidence, to get back playing together, to get people minutes on the pitch. So it was a worthy exercise. Friday will be a tougher task and it will be perfect for us to step it up again and put full focus on Germany.

“We need to get back to that [intensity and tempo]. The first half of the campaign was exceptional. But then we took a little drop. We played some tough friendlies against some really tough nations and maybe that knocked our confidence.

“March was a disappointing month [with defeats to the Netherlands and Northern Ireland] but on Monday night it was good to get the win. We were expected to and I know it would have been a disaster if we didn’t. But hopefully we can build on the momentum on Friday with another win and another good performance.

“If we do that, the confidence will be back amongst the squad. We don’t lack confidence. A lot of lads have had really good seasons with their clubs. Now it’s just about taking that into the Euros. And I suppose it’s also about going back to basics, going back to what we did in the first half of the campaign, which was so successful. If we do that, we’ll give anybody a game.”