Former Dundee United defender Andy Robertson insists “the job is far from done” as Scotland kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive with a win over Malta at Hampden on Monday night.
The Scots eased through the tie 2-0, with goals from Christophe Berra and Leigh Griffiths, to keep themselves in the hunt for a Group F play-off spot.
But Liverpool left-back Robertson knows rivals Slovakia and Slovenia, both of whom Scotland play next month as the section comes to a close, will be just as positive about their chances of progressing.
“It’s in our hands but it’s in Slovakia’s hands as well,” Robertson said.
“If they win their games they’re through, so we can look at it all those ways.
“Right now they’ve got a point more than us but we’ve done well to get ourselves in this position so we look forward to these two big games and, hopefully, we can show up.
“The job is far from done, we’re not in the play-offs and we’re a point behind Slovakia.
“Just now we’re sitting in a nice position but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
Scotland are now unbeaten in their last four qualification games having kept clean sheets in wins over Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.
Asked whether he felt progression was slipping away from them earlier in the campaign, Robertson was defiant.
“I don’t think the players thought that, I think the press thought that,” Robertson said.
“Some fans thought it after Lithuania at home and then we played Slovenia at home and the fans had dropped considerably which was understandable because they thought we were out of it.
“I don’t think the players and the staff thought it because we believed in what we can do and the ability we have.”
The ex-United full-back, who joined the Anfield giants from Hull City in the summer, was in fine form under the lights at Hampden and seemed to relish linking up with former Tangerines team-mate Stuart Armstrong.
“It’s always good playing with Stu,” the 23-year-old said.
“I played with him for a season at Dundee United and we linked up well there. It’s always nice to have familiar faces and I thought we made a good pairing.”
And following a summer of speculation surrounding Armstrong’s future, Robertson has backed the Celtic man to make it at the highest level in the game, whether at home or in England.
He said: “I think all the squad can cut it down south with the right chance, people are proving it.
“Players are waiting on their chance for proving it at Celtic and are doing a magnificent job of it.
“You can see what Stu’s done the last two games and since he’s been called up to the squad to be fair.
“He’s been very good and he’s doing it consistently with Celtic.
“He’s a player with high quality and, if he continues that, he’ll either become a legend at Celtic or a very good player in England.”
But Robertson won’t be making recommendations to Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp anytime soon.
He said: “I don’t think I’m a scout to be fair, so I don’t think he’ll be taking my recommendations.”
On top of securing a dream Merseyside move, Robertson has recently become a father to baby boy Rocco and, after a busy few months, feels he is settling in.
He said: “It’s been hard but it’s been good for me and my family.
“It’s been one of enjoyment but I’m finding my feet now so, hopefully, when I go back down I’ll be even more confident with two matches under my belt.”