Scotland full-back Chris Paterson admits Scotland cannot be considered favourites going into Saturday's RBS 6 Nations Championship game against Italy at Murrayfield.
After last season's whitewash in the tournament, Matt Williams' men have lost their first two games this year, to France and Ireland, with the defeat against the Irish coming in a particularly disappointing display in Edinburgh.
And Paterson insists a meeting with the Italians, once a relative formality, will not be any easier for the beleaguered Scottish players.
He said: "We don't feel under any extra pressure to beat the Italians because it might be expected, not at all.
"Two or three years ago, Italy coming to Murrayfield was a game that you felt you really had to win but, with their performances, increasing ability and the results they've had recently and in this championship, by no means are we expected to go out and walk over them.
"Who knows, maybe we'll be the underdogs for the first time but that's the view that we have to take and we have to focus on beating them and hopefully get our confidence back.
"Confidence is a fragile thing and it obviously isn't sky high, you get that in any professional sports side when you're not winning.
"What we have to have is the belief that we can win which is undoubtedly there and the desire is massive.''
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