Scotland were today warned their World Cup 2018 dream will die if there is a repeat of the Easter Road shocker against Slovenia tomorrow.
Gordon Strachan’s Scots face Slovenia in a Group F qualifier at Hampden.
As part of the preparation for the must-win qualifier, Scotland were held to a dismal 1-1 by minnows Canada, 117th in the world, in Edinburgh.
Legend Willie Miller fears the road to Russia 2018 will end unless the Scots improve dramatically.
Scotland are now in a position where it is last chance saloon.
“Getting a victory against Slovenia is vitally important.
“If the performance against Slovenia is anything like it was against Canada, then we won’t be going to the World Cup.
“And unfortunately the qualifying campaign will come to an end very soon.
“That Canada game should not be a wake-up call, the players should know the importance of tomorrow’s game.
“And I am sure the manager Gordon Strachan will have impressed upon them that type of performance against Canada is just not acceptable.”
Slovenia sit four points ahead of Scotland and are undefeated in the Group F campaign.
Aberdeen fans will be well aware of the Slovenian goal threat.
On 31 international goals in 79 appearances, Milivoje Novakovic is Slovenia’s leading scorer.
He netted for Maribor in a 1-1 Europa League third qualifying round first leg draw at Pittodrie earlier this season.
Aberdeen crashed out 2-1 on aggregate.
Miller warned a repeat tomorrow of the sloppy defending against Canada will be exploited by the Slovenians.
He said: “Defensively, Scotland were all over the place at Easter Road and Fraser Aird (Falkirk) tore them apart.
“It was poor defensively, and Lee Wallace had a very poor night.
“First for the Canadian goal and then on a number of further occasions Wallace was taken apart by Aird which was unusual.
“They cannot defend like that against Slovenia as they have a bit of quality about them that can punish that.
“If Scotland defend like that, the outcome will be that we won’t have anything further to do in the World Cup qualification process.”
National boss Gordon Strachan snubbed the Dons when naming the 30-man squad to face Canada and Slovenia.
With the Dons clear in second spot in the Premiership and in the Scottish Cup semi-final it was hoped within Pittodrie that would earn international recognition.
On-form this season, Kenny McLean, Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Jack were all viable candidates for Scotland selection.
After the shocker against Canada, Miller reckons the Reds trio should be angry they were not called up.
And they should use that as fuel to break into the squad.
He said: “There is no doubt those Aberdeen players are good enough to be in the Scotland squad.
“If I was one of those Aberdeen players I wouldn’t be happy at being left out after seeing the performance against Canada.
“Sometimes you need to make a statement that you are not happy at being left out of a squad that produces that quality.
“If that is the standard they are being measured, they have a valid claim to be included at some point in the future.”