Darren Fletcher is happy to shoulder the responsibility for stepping up and missing what could have been a crucial penalty for Scotland.
As national skipper, the Manchester United midfielder took charge from the spot in a vital Euro 2012 qualifier against Lithuania on Tuesday.
With just seconds to go until the interval at Hampden Park, his effort was expected to set the tone for what was to come.
He saw his penalty saved and Scotland were thankful to Rangers forward Steven Naismith for bailing them out in the second half.
Fletcher is prepared to take any flak that may come his way and claims he asserted his authority in order to prevent any of Scotland's youngsters from being put in an unenviable situation.
He said: "There were a lot of young boys in the squad who wanted to take it but I felt, as captain, the responsibility should come to me. I missed the penalty but I can deal with that.
"If it was one of the younger players who missed the penalty, and it might have cost us three points, it would have been a hard one.
"So, as captain, I felt I should take the responsibility and unfortunately I didn't score it.
"These things happen. It's important how you respond. You've just got to keep playing and I didn't let my head go down.
"I knew the lads were playing some good football and I knew in the second half that if we kept playing in the right way the chances would come. It was just important that we took one and we managed to do that."