Scotland are already playing catch-up in their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign after drawing a blank against Serbia in their opening Group A game at Hampden.
The home side certainly had their chances in a wide-open encounter - mostly notably Steven Naismith missed a one-on-one in the second half - but Scotland keeper Allan McGregor had to make vital saves to keep his goal intact.
With Group A favourites Belgium seeing off Wales 2-0 in Cardiff and top seeds Croatia beating Macedonia 1-0 in Zagreb last night, three points at home to Macedonia on Tuesday night are surely a must if Craig Levein's side are to harbour realistic hopes of reaching Brazil in two years time.
There could be no faulting the effort of the Scotland side who had Huddersfield left-back Paul Dixon making his debut in the absence of injured Danny Fox, Russell Martin and Charlie Mulgrew.
Gary Caldwell captained the side in his 50th appearance, playing in front of the back four while veteran Kenny Miller was ...