Andrew Robertson’s first game as Scotland captain didn’t exactly go according to plan.
Alex McLeish’s side faced a fearsome prospect in World Cup semi-finalists Belgium, but they really didn’t help themselves at Hampden Park.
They were at fault for three of Belgium’s goals, with Scotland’s attempts to play out from the back looking more Sunday League than international standard.
The boss has a bit of a predicament with his side anyway, given that arguably his two best players operate in the same position.
Robertson and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney are both left-backs by trade, but McLeish knows he needs to try and include both of them.
As such, Robertson operated as a third centre-back, with Tierney ahead of him as a left-wing back.
It didn’t work and it’s surely an experiment that will not be attempted again.
And after the game, Robertson gave a very honest account of his feelings towards the result and performance.
“I didn’t really enjoy that, no,” Liverpool’s cult hero said. “Obviously it was an emotional day for me. And with all of my family here to watch, it was an emotional night for them as well.
“But I don’t care about the armband on my arm if we get beaten 4-0. I am sure there will be better days than this.”
It’s refreshing to get such an insight into how footballer’s cope with such a defeat.
Instead of focusing on the positive of leading out your country for the first time, Robertson instead dismisses the importance of it entirely.
McLeish and his new captain now need to regroup for the UEFA Nations League game against Albania.
The primary objective for Scotland is to make their first major tournament since 1996, with qualification to the European Championships now a lot easier.
Things may not look in a great state right now but in Robertson, they certainly have a brilliant captain for the foreseeable future.