Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is relishing the prospect of his side determining their own destiny as they bid to gatecrash next year’s World Cup party in Russia.
Victory in both of their remaining two qualification matches, against Slovakia on Thursday and Slovenia three days later, would guarantee a second-place finish in Group F.
Should results elsewhere ensure they are one of the eight best runners-up then Scotland, who are currently fourth and a point adrift of second-placed Slovakia, would enter a play-off to reach the tournament proper.
“We’ve put ourselves in this position where we can decide our future,” said former Celtic manager Strachan. “There’s nothing better in football than you deciding your future.”
Scotland have injury problems to contend with and Strachan has called up Celtic’s Callum McGregor in a bid to alleviate the enforced absence of skipper Scott Brown, Bhoys midfielder Stuart Armstrong and Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie.
Strachan is convinced Scotland have the strength in depth to cope. He added: “We’ve got three good players missing but it’s a strong area for us. We have depth and players who are on form.”