Andy Robertson is among those to be recognised in the New Year Honours list.
The Scotland captain has been recognised for his achievements in the game, as well as his charity and community work off the pitch.
Earlier this week, Robertson broke the record for the defender with the most assists in the history of the Premier League, and his stock continues to rise at both club and international level.
His journey since being released as a teenager by Celtic, his boyhood club, is a hugely impressive one. His first taste of senior football came at Queen’s Park, before he later moved on to Dundee United and Hull City.
Some eyebrows were raised when Liverpool swooped to sign him in 2017, but for a fee of just £8 million, it would go on to become one of the most successful transfers in their recent history.
Robertson has since established himself as one of the world’s best players in his position, playing a key part in all of Liverpool’s success under Jurgen Klopp.
He became Scotland captain in 2018, leading them at Euro 2020, their first major tournament since 1998.
Towards the end of 2020, he launched his own AR26 Charity, with the intention of providing young people in Scotland with equal access to training, support, jobs and free football coaching.
“It’s great to see recognition of our men’s football captain Andy Robertson, not just for his efforts on the pitch but for his work with young people,” said Scottish Secretary Alister Jack.
Kenny Dalglish – who was later knighted in 2018 – received an MBE in 1985, while other Liverpool players to have been recognised with the same award include Ian Rush (1996), Gary McAllister (2002) and Steven Gerrard (2007).
Robbo has certainly come a long way since stacking those shelves in M&S! Well deserved!