With Sunday's Euro 2016 qualification draw placing Scotland in a particularly difficult group, Wednesday's friendly against Poland in Warsaw has taken on a new level of meaning.
Gordon Strachan's side were drawn alongside their upcoming opponents in Group D, where they will also face Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar.
The forthcoming game against Adam Nawalka's men—who boast Bayern Munich-bound Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski as their star player—now represents an early testing ground for both coaches before qualifying gets under way in September.
Until Sunday, the match was simply a chance for Strachan to continue to solidify the improvement the national side has made under his leadership.
Now, however, it is unquestionably a chance for him to begin the process of selecting squads geared towards making it to France two years from now.
As such, there is little logic in selecting the likes of Gordon Greer—the 33-year-old Brighton and Hove Albion defender who will almost certainly not play a part in the tournament should Scotland get there.
Debate also surrounds the presence of Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton. The former Rangers man has lost much of the pace which characterised his best years and has not featured at all for Villa's first team this campaign.
Celtic utility man Charlie Mulgrew continues to be a victim of his own versatility. Although classed as a midfielder in Strachan's squad announcement—and he has indeed performed admirably in a holding role for both club and country this season—his best position is surely centre-back.
There is also a derth of attackers in the squad, and with 20 of the 24-man squad for Wednesday's match playing their football in England, Strachan continues to apparently place more faith in the quality of England's second tier than Scotland's first.
Here, we take a look at the domestic talent he could have selected.