National boss Alex McLeish today pleaded with the Tartan Army not to turn their back on his Scotland flops.
The 10-man Scots were booed off the pitch by their travelling supporters following a humiliating 2-1 Nations League defeat to Israel.
Israel are ranked 94th in the world, below Faroe Islands and Luxembourg.
Despite being 55 places below the dismal Scotland in the Fifa world rankings the Israelis still racked up 25 shots at goal.
Only keeper Allan McGregor’s saves prevented a far heavier defeat in Haifa against a side who last won at home two years ago.
McLeish said: “It is doom and gloom, we lost.
“We know the consequences of losing are that you have to suffer a wee bit for it.
“I have been long enough in the game to know that.
“The fans want to win.
“However, the fans give players energy if they support them and I urge them to support the players.”
The shocker in Haifa was the fifth defeat in McLeish’s seven games as boss and there will be an inevitable post-mortem and backlash.
Scotland went ahead in the 24th minute when Charlie Mulgrew converted a penalty for a foul on Steven Naismith by Dor Peretz.
However, the Israelis equalised as Peretz redeemed himself by netting a deserved equalizer in the 52nd minute.
The Scots were reduced to 10 men when centre-back John Souttar received a second yellow on the hour mark.
The winner came in the 75th minute from an own goal by Kieran Tierney.
Despite the loss Scotland top League C Group One on goal difference but are level on three points with both Israel and Albania.
The group winners are rewarded with a play-off spot for Euro 2020, should they need it.
Asked if this defeat was a reality check, McLeish said: “Have we ever said we are at a level where we should be qualifying for major tournaments?
“We have not said that.
“We know that we are trying to build towards a team that can win consistently or get points consistently.
“We are still not quite at that level but we are trying to build towards it.
“None of us, the coaches watching Israel’s recent games, thought that was a bad team.
“They have some good players. Don’t think they are mugs.
“We are still trying to aspire to a level as yet.”
Scotland have still to face Israel at home and Albania away in the final group games.
McLeish said: “We would look to win the both games, but whatever it takes to qualify.
“That is what we will try to achieve.
“We had a good win against Albania and we have to pick it up, simple as that.
“When you lose a game you go into the next game and do everything you can to win it.”