MY old Chelsea team-mate Mickey Thomas lit the dark blue touchpaper on controversy this week this week when he declared this was the worst Scotland team ever.
Scotland were left only with their dejection.
Here's our view of how the men on the pitch fared:
Craig Levein built his team around players such as Steven Naismith: small, nimble, adventurous, hard-working individuals.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan sprang a major surprise in his first competitive squad by calling up Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt.