Smith looks for signs of a fresh start

July 17, 2005
Walter Smith knows it, the players know it and the Tartan Army know it too.

Scotland will not be taking their place alongside football's elite nations in next summer's World Cup finals in Germany.

Of course, it remains a mathematical possibility, especially as the Scots at long last recorded a victory in Group Five by squeezing past Moldova in June.

But there is simply still too much catching up to be done and the goalless draw in Belarus in the final fixture of ...

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