Scotland star Andy Robertson was delighted to see his compatriots stand up when it counts to secure themselves a play-off spot for Euro 2020.
And he hopes this week’s wins over Albania and Israel can inspire the nation’s support once more ahead of the qualifying tournament for the European Championships.
The former Dundee United favourite led his country to top spot in the Nations League C Group 1 with a 3-2 victory over Israel on Tuesday night.
The Scots were made to fight for their victory on a dreich night at Hampden after a poor start allowed former Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal to fire in a fine long-range opener after nine minutes.
The Brighton man was given far too much time and space by the home defence to pick his spot as they toiled at the beginning of the match.
However, Robertson was delighted to see the Scots keep their cool as they fought back through James Forrest’s 34th minute equaliser.
The Celtic man wasn’t finished there, however, as he fired in a superb hat-trick to put Scotland in control until Eran Zahavi made it 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining before the Israelis threw everything at their hosts.
Robertson said: “They found spaces at the start and broke the deadlock – we need to get up to the ball but it is a fantastic finish from Kayal but we didn’t panic.
“We stayed calm, we created chances and quickly we had three or four corners which was crucial to give us momentum, so from that point of view we reacted very well.
“Then it was just about Jamesy stepping up and taking the chances.
“From there I thought we were pretty comfortable up until the last 10 minutes when it was a wee bit nervy but we can deal with that.”
And the Scots did deal with it, despite the visitors throwing everything at them, as they searched for the one goal that would give them top spot in the group.
And goalkeeper Allan McGregor stepped up in a massive moment late on as he clawed out a Tomer Hemed strike with just three minutes remaining.
“In the last 10 minutes we showed a resilient side – we headed everything clear and I think at one time they had five players up top and when a team has nothing to lose, it’s so hard to defend against.
“However, I thought the lads stood up.
“And when we needed the goalkeeper, he stood up and made a magnificent save.
“To a man, I thought we were different class.”
The victory saw Scotland secure a play-off place by topping the group with three wins from their four matches against the Israelis and Albania.
They won’t need that, however, if they can succeed in the normal qualifying section, which is drawn on December 2.
The victory also puts Scotland into pot three for that draw.
And Robertson hopes the way they’ve finished off the calendar year, with a 4-0 victory in Albania followed up with this 3-2 win at Hampden, can start to bring the big crowds back to the national stadium after big swathes of the arena were left empty as fans stayed away once more.
He added: “It was a very good performance, very good result.
“We set out to win this league and we’ve managed it, everyone can be very happy.
“To end with two wins breeds confidence and the fans’ reaction at the end was very pleasing and, hopefully, we can get Hampden full again – it’s always nice to play in front of a full crowd and we feel the country right behind us.
“Hopefully, everyone can get back on board and we can all start pushing in the right direction.”