One of the world's most eminent economists has said there is "little basis" for what he called "scaremongering" over the consequences of Scottish independence.
Nobel prize winner Joseph Sitglitz's remarks contradict fellow laureate Paul Krugman's claim that Scots should be "very afraid" of a Yes vote in next week's referendum.
Writing in the Scotsman, he criticised the claim Scotland would suffer from having a relatively small economy.
"By an order of magnitude, far more important than size is the pursuit of the right policies."
He also dismissed concerns about currency arrangements, saying the fact Scotland has different "vision and values" to the rest of the UK was more important.
One story dominates Thursday's front pages with some newspapers printing emotive pleas to voters to keep the United Kingdom as one.
In Edinburgh tonight you can hear it and feel it. The buzz, the banter of the day and the thrilling sense something big is coming tomorrow.
There is nervousness, anxiety and on the streets of Edinburgh fuelled by an atmosphere unlike anything seen before in recent UK politics.