Allan McGregor is confident that things within the Scotland national team are getting better and better.
Craig Levein's men were held to a controversial 2-2 draw by the Czech Republic on Saturday before defeating Lithuania 1-0 on Tuesday night and their Euro2012 chances are now in the balance with two Group I matches remaining.
But Rangers gloveman McGregor feels good about heading into those vital encounters with Liechtenstein and Spain in October.
"You can see there is progress. Some of the boys were talking about it, saying it's not been a good start statistically for the manager," he said.
"If you include the friendlies it would be. It's very important to keep the manager.
"Craig has been different class with the boys and he's very thorough with what he does on the opposition. He has all angles covered. He's a good manager to have.
"I don't know why we are criticised. I think we've shown we can compete at this level.
"It was a stupid decision in the 90th-minute against the Czechs last Saturday that cost us the win. It's as simple as that.
"There is definitely improvement. Some of the football we have played has been really good.
"We have had tough friendlies against Brazil and Denmark and got a good result against the Danes. The last two games have been good and we almost got six points, that shows the progression."