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Allan McGregor Three fine saves.

No sign of his groin problem as he scampered across goal to flip past an early Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick. Another sharp change of direction denied Darko Lazovic. Perhaps most important, though, was his late stop to deny Dusan Tadic. 7

Alan Hutton Familiar gallops forward left lots of space for the Serbs to exploit but the visitors appeared strangely reluctant to do so. Looked rusty after domestic inactivity, especially when Lazovic ambled round him before being dispossessed. 6

Andy Webster Quietly composed performance to mark his 25th cap. With the Serbs playing a central striker he was, more often than not, spare but perhaps could have made more of the possession he enjoyed. 6

Christophe Berra A couple of misjudgments did not spoil a competent performance. Was not as big a threat as hoped in the Serbia penalty area, although one header down from a Robert Snodgrass corner just eluded Kenny Miller at the back post. 6

Paul Dixon Any ill-informed fears over the debutant proved just that. Defensively robust – he thwarted Zoran Tosic with one judicious penalty-box lunge – he offered an attacking outlet on occasion; one deflected cross causing panic, another flashing tantalisingly across goal. 7

Gary Caldwell Dependably destructive, if a little hesitant in possession. Understandably dropped a little deep at times but one challenge on Lazovic, six yards from goal, was crucial. His pass released Steven Naismith for the hosts' best chance. 7

Robert Snodgrass Eager, if occasionally haphazard. One gallus wriggle into the penalty area forced a save but he was quieter after the interval. Yellow-carded for an elbow on Kolarov before being replaced. 6

James Morrison Flattered to deceive. Too careful at times, with an apparent reluctance to quickly shift the ball. Very few sights of goal either, although one clever chip should have been exploited by Miller and a late run into the box almost enabled him to meet Dixon's deflected cross. 6

Charlie Adam Recycled possession efficiently and was dangerous from set-pieces, but painfully one-paced at times. A clever first-half pass released Miller but chose to go it alone a few minutes later with Miller and Snodgrass either side of him. Influence waned as the second half wore on. 6

Steven Naismith Appeared to lack sharpness. Was thwarted by a defender after breaking on to a Miller flick, then took a heavy touch and lifted the ball just wide after an ingenious run to meet a Caldwell pass. 6

Kenny Miller Worked the back four, as ever. Rare chance from an Adam pass, but could only find the roof of the net. Misjudged a clever Morrison chip and an Adam free-kick as the howls for him to be replaced grew, which he was after 81 minutes. 6

Substitutes James Forrest replaced Snodgrass with just over 20 minutes remaining and forced a save from Vladimir Stojkovic. Jamie Mackie and Jordan Rhodes were each given just nine minutes when they replaced Morrison and Miller.

Craig Levein Pushed two up front in the final nine minutes but appears likely to ultimately be a victim of his own caution. Chances were few and far between and the booing of the crowd at the end and his reluctance to make changes are further grist to the critics' mill. 5

Richard Winton

Taken from the Herald

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