Scotland's chances of qualifying for the European Under-21 Championship finals suffered another blow when they were held to a draw by Iceland.
It took a series of excellent saves from visiting goalkeeper Frederik Schram to deny Ricky Sbragia's side.
The Scots were far more effective going forward against the group leaders than in defeat by France at the weekend.
But the draw leaves Scotland seven points adrift of Iceland, albeit having played two games fewer.
The truth is you cannot expect to qualify for the major tournaments if you only take one point from two home games and the visit of Ukraine to St Mirren Park next month looks like a win or bust occasion for the Scots.
Anyone looking for an indication as to whether or not Gordon Strachan is minded to stay on as Scotland manager would be interested in the director's box at Pittodrie rather than the playing surface as the teams lined up.
The former Aberdeen midfielder took his place there to cast his eyes over the emerging talent available in the current generation of under-21 players.
Sbragia made three changes from the side beaten 2-1 by France at the same venue on Saturday.
Craig Slater and Stuart Findlay dropped out along with Ryan Gauld following the Sporting Lisbon player's red card at the weekend, with Jay Fulton, Dominic Hyam and Billy King starting instead.
King got the Scots late consolation goal against France, but it was Hibs striker Jason Cummings who went close to giving them the lead after a promising opening 10 minutes.
Cummings curled a left foot shot from 22 yards that was reminiscent of Matt Ritchie's goal against Poland last week, but Schram pulled off an impressive save.
Scotland impressed with their movement and support play early on and captain John McGinn tested Schram with a couple of powerfully struck long-range efforts.
However, Iceland showed why they are top of the section with some neat play on the counterattack and they should have hit the front when Aron Thranderson steered his header wide from only six yards.
Scotland goalkeeper Jack Hamiton made a crucial block to deny Elias Omarsson after another slick move carved open the Scotland defence.
That was topped at the other end when Schram made a quite breathtaking instinctive save to prevent Ryan Chistie taking full advantage after Sam Nicholson's corner caused consternation.
The goalkeeper, who plays his football in Denmark for Vestsjaelland, was an imposing obstacle to Scotland's hopes as he proved again in 57 minutes when saving a full-bloodied Cummings volley.
Scotland looked more likely to score in the latter stages, but PSV Einhoven defender Hjortur Hermannsson and their captain, Oliver Sigurjonsson, in particular, made sure Iceland took their precious point.
Scotland U21: Hamilton, Paterson, McGhee, Hyam, Kingsley, Jay Fulton, McGinn, Christie, King, Nicholson, Cummings. Subs: Ryan Fulton, Findlay, Shankland, McManus, Marcus Fraser, Telfer, Love.
Iceland U21: Schram, Arnarson, Orri Sigurdur Omarsson, Hermannsson, Bodvar Bodvarsson, Hoskuldur Gunnlaugsson, Sigurjonsson, Bjornsson, Thrandarson, Vilhjalmsson, Elias Omarsson. Subs: Olafsson, Viktor Jonsson, Vidar Jonsson, Aegisson, Finnbogason, Gretarsson, Thorri Runarsson.
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (Romania)