Scotland manager Alex McLeish can cure a 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan and seal a place in Euro 20 20, says former federal supervisor Craig Brown.
There have been calls for McLeish to stand after a sobering opening effort loss to the team ranked 117th on the planet.
“It’s a bad beginning but we are able to lose 1 game and qualify – and that I presume he can,” Brown told BBC Sportsound.
“I definitely don’t believe it’s a sacking offence. He must stay on.”
Scotland move on to San Marino on Sunday, at which they’ll be meeting the group at the underside of the world ranks.
Belgium, Russia and Cyprus form the others of Group I, with the best two qualifying automatically.
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Should they don’t progress via the bunch, Scotland have the safety net of a play off after winning their Nations League section last year.
“He won seven from his 10 matches in his spell with Scotland – that is the best album ever – plus he has us at the play off.”
“Against Kazakhstan we had a goalkeeper and rear four together with 17 caps between them,” he said.
“We lost three goals from 10 qualifying matches for Euro 96 so when we first reached the World Cup. If you want to win internationals, that you never concede goals”
‘Scotland looked devoid of ideas’
Former Scotland striker Kenny Miller consented it is too premature to be calling for the boss’s mind, together with McLeish 1-1 matches into his second spell.
“I don’t think he is going to be sacked, or should be sacked,” said the Dundee forward.
“We have got a fantastic group of starving young players, that are capable of alot better. For me, we looked without ideas at Kazakhstan.
“In defence of Alex, who would have picked a different team after the call-offs? Maybe a couple of changes. The problem is that we never performed”