Rae's say: In the lions' den

March 23, 2005
By Derek Rae
If a new national team manager had the power to pick his first fixture with a view to it being winnable, suffice to say an away match against Italy at the San Siro would hardly top the list.

Yet for Walter Smith and Scotland, success in Milan this weekend on Smith's debut, will be measured less by how the game affects the accumulation of points in Group 5, and more by the quality of performance. I suppose there's little alternative given that not even the most optimistic Scot (optimism ...

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