At 5pm on Friday night, Robbie Muirhead was on the bench for Scotland Under-21s in their UEFA European Championship qualifier away in Andorra. Less than 24 hours later, after catching buses and flights across Europe, he was introduced as a second-half substitute by Dan Micciche during MK Dons’ Sky Bet League One clash with Blackpool.
“It showed great attitude from Robbie,” Micciche told the media when asked to recap the events which saw Muirhead back a dramatic return from international duty to make the squad for Saturday’s game at Stadium MK.
“Credit has to go to Simon Crampton - he asked me, if Robbie doesn’t play, would I look to bring him back? We were out for a meal on Friday night and we checked and found out Robbie hadn't come on.
“Straight away, our kit manager Ian Lanning checked flights and, within an hour, we'd spoken to the Scottish FA to agree that Robbie could come back.
“He was due to fly to Edinburgh but he flew back here at 6:30am, so would have been at the airport at 4am! They didn't even get back to their hotel after the game last night until 1am.
“We got him back here and he took Keith Millen's hotel room. He slept from 9am until 1pm and then we saw him in the dressing room!
“You wouldn't have thought he'd had such an unusual evening. It shows what a professional he is. He has had a great month and he will be key in the run in.”