Italy may no longer be a team of household names but Mark McGhee reckons Antonio Conte's men will still present Scotland with a serious test.
With the four-year wait over and the tournament set to get underway in Moscow this afternoon, Courier Sports Editor Eric Nicolson draws up his World Cup wish list.
Matt Ritchie believes Saturday’s draw with Lithuania was a “little bump” on the long and winding road to Russia.
Darren Fletcher believes Scotland have to learn to keep the ball better following Sunday’s defeat to Italy.
Scotland and Engand players will wear black armbands bearing poppies in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11.
An initial report into the Norway helicopter crash which claimed the lives of 13 people has found the flight appeared normal until a "sudden catastrophic failure developed in 1-2 seconds".
Gordon Strachan had done the hard bit.
The SFA says it is "optimistic" that FIFA will allow Scotland and England players to wear the poppy when the Auld Enemy meet at Wembley on November 11.
Lionel Messi has retired from international football after missing a penalty as Argentina lost a shoot-out to Chile in the Copa America final.