Belgium’s collective brilliance here was undeniable. Yet this heavy, demoralising defeat saw Scotland point a loaded gun at their own feet and keep firing.
Make no mistake, this was 4-0 going on seven. Five years to the week since their last victory in Glasgow — a modest two-goal win in a World Cup qualifier — the team rated second in the FIFA rankings not only performed on a different level to the hosts. At times they played a different sport.
In his programme notes, Alex McLeish set an ambitious target for the final warm-up game before Monday night’s Nations League curtain-raiser against Albania.