Was unexpected sunshine a good omen ? Friday was close to freezing, Saturday was sunny and windless, perfect for fitba, Mampden looked magnificent the crowd were noisy and partisan, and the opposition were able, a wee bit too able as it turned out.
After a great start and a goal, Scotland proceeded to miss some good chances while Georgia quietly played themselves into the game until, quite suddenly they were well on top with some brilliant football, Shota Averthingmy was destined to score wasn't he, it then became nail biting time until the hero arrived in the unlikely shape of the tall gangling Craig Beattie. Careering into the box like bambi on ice, he killed the ball on his chest and volleyed home the winner in the dying seconds, cue joy unconfined and Georgian despair, Scots are now starting to believe that they can qualify.
Well done indeed to everyone involved, honest endeavour won the day and to Craig Beattie I say, paraphrasing W.S. ' some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them'. Where is Italy anyway ?