A new campaign starts on Sunday with a clash with the newly crowned World Champions. The momentum gained during the Smith & McLeish eras dissipated with 3 pretty dreadful campaigns. Gordon Strachan has proved to be made to measure as an international manager, a talent Craig Levein has admitted recently not to have.
The old adage that Scotland likes a challenge will be tested in the wonderful Dortmund stadium. The Germans reacted to a disastrous 2002 Euro campaign with a long term plan which came to fruition this Sunday.
Scotland has become a well organised & tactically proficient team & this will be sorely tested, a glance at Monday's Bundesliga TV highlights reveals fast and direct football.
West Germany won their first world cup in 1954 & of course we found it pretty easy to beat them 3-1 3 years later.
Can we win? Can we draw?
Better still can we qualify? YES we can.