First posted on Facebook October 2nd, 2016
Happy Birthday to John Robertson, Hearts legend who will turn 52 today. John gained 16 caps in total, scoring 3 goals in the process. His first came on his debut in a Euro Qualifier against Romania at Hampden, stabbing home a knockdown from an Ally McCoist header. Scotland would win 2-1 with McCoist hitting the other.
John would also score in his second game; taking the responsibility for a penalty kick which he slotted home with aplomb. This was the second of the Qualifiers and a second win as Scotland beat Switzerland 2-1 at home. A good start that would provide the backbone to our successful campaign to the Euros in ’92.
As to John he would not get to those finals losing out to the likes of McCoist, Kevin Gallacher, Gordon Durie and Duncan Ferguson for a place in the squad.
John would score one more goal in the Land of the Rising Sun when Scotland played Ecuador in their first Kirin Cup venture in May 1995. Scotland would win 2-1 with Stevie Crawford hitting the other goal. He would play some part in the Qualification for the 1996 Euros but would take no part in the Finals having played his last game for Scotland in October ’95 in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Sweden in Stockholm.
Happy Birthday and all the best John