Scotland assistant coach Peter Grant has defended the decision to ignore the record-breaking form of St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark.
Oli McBurnie is ready to grab his first goal for Scotland and help everyone forget the nation's two top strikers are missing.
If James Forrest was angry with Alex McLeish for being left out of the Scotland team in Israel a few days after scoring four goals for Celtic, he did a fine job of hiding it.
The return of Leigh Griffiths after a brief absence and the return of Steven Fletcher after a much longer one could bolster Alex McLeish’s striking options for next month’s Nations League group deciders.
Alex McLeish may turn to Steven Fletcher to help get Scotland out of their Nations League group.
Stephen O’Donnell knows that if his Scotland career is going to be a long one, being partly responsible for cheap goals conceded will have to stop.
Alex McLeish has had selection issues thrown at him from left, right and centre.
Preventing goals is Scott McKenna’s primary job as a Scotland defender.
Given what preceded it three days earlier, it wasn’t going to take much to represent an improvement for Scotland in this friendly against Portugal.
Scotland should count their blessings as they leave the Holy Land because this defeat could have been so much worse.