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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 22:57 GMT
Scotland player ratings
Marks out of 10 for Scotland after their World Cup qualifier against Italy.

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Rab Douglas: The Celtic goalkeeper had looked confident, producing one world-class save, before suffering an injury moments before Italy opened the scoring and being replaced.


Jackie McNamara: The versatile Celtic captain slotted in well at right-back, defending bravely and willing to take on opponents in an attempt to worry the Italians.


Steven Pressley: Scotland's central defence was breached on several occasions in the first half, but Pressley belied some disappointing recent form and illness for Hearts to put in a typical wholehearted display.


David Weir: The veteran came out of international retirement and repaid former Everton boss Walter Smith by being a steadying influence in defence, making some goal-saving challenges.


Gary Naysmith: Naysmith has been out of the Everton team for much of the season and this, along with the quality of the Italians, limited his trademark attacking runs, but the left-back worked hard.


Paul Hartley: Out on the right wing instead of the central role in which he has blossomed for Hearts but put in a couple of strong challenges early on until drifting out of his debut game after being booked.


Barry Ferguson: Scotland's captain was bypassed too often as Scotland came under pressure in the first half but imposed himself as playmaker more in a second half in which his side dominated at times.


Nigel Quashie: The Southampton midfielder can look brilliantly imposing one minute, awkward the next, in this kind of company but produced Scotland's best effort only to be denied by an excellent save.


Lee McCulloch: Making his first international start, the Wigan midfielder was strong in defence but had little opportunity to show why he started as a striker with Motherwell.


Gary Caldwell: The Hibernian man found the going difficult in his holding role between defence and midfield, giving the ball away too often.


Kenny Miller: The Wolves striker worked hard in his difficult task up front on his own but missed an excellent chance to equalise.


Substitutes

Craig Gordon (replaced Douglas, 38 mins): Hearts' goalkeeper was rarely threatened in the second half until being beaten by Andrea Pirlo's second goal, a free-kick that left the youngster with no chance.

Neil McCann (replaced Hartley, 76 mins): The Southampton winger was given little of the ball after being pushed wide on the right to try and pose an attacking threat.

Garry O'Conner (Replaced Miller, 85 mins): Had no time to make an impact.




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