Scotland lock Scott Murray insists the team have cocooned themselves away from the pressure of trying to avoid yet another RBS 6 Nations Championship whitewash.
They failed to win a game in last season's tournament and after defeats by France and Ireland, the visit of Italy to Murrayfield on Saturday offers Matt Williams' side their best chance of victory this year.
But Murray denies the pessimism that surrounds the Scottish side is getting to the coach and claims the players are oblivious to it all.
He said: "I don't think Matt has been affected by the gloom and doom surrounding Scottish rugby at the moment.
"Obviously he is frustrated, as we are, but he is trying to keep us upbeat because he has seen in patches the way we can play when we are confident. We just need to keep it going for 80 minutes.
"And the players do not read the papers. When the Six Nations are over we can have a look at it but at the moment we are in our own little kind of bubble and we are trying to concentrate on beating Italy and do the best we can."
Murray, one of the most experienced players in Williams' side, confessed that he sometimes struggles to cope with the relentless physical and mental demands of modern-day rugby.
He said: "It is tough. When I was a young player you came in and just played your rugby, now I have got a bit more responsibility.
"It has been a relief to have a couple of days off in the last week or so because not only are you training hard, you are preparing hard."
The 2017 RBS 6 Nations was watched by record numbers of fans
29 March 2017, 12:25pm
After an enthralling RBS 6 Nations Championship of twists, turns, and no small amount of drama on the last day, figures show the RBS 6 Nations is going from strength to strength, year on year, with no sign of slowing down.