Malta vs. Scotland
Ta’ Qali National Stadium
7.45pm (UK Time)
Live on Sky Sports
Tomorrow night a new journey begins as Scotland aim for World Cup Qualification this time, facing Malta first up in Ta’ Qali National Stadium.
More than 4,000 Scotland supporters have travelled over for the game with a full-house expected at the 17,500 seater stadium.
Malta finished bottom of their group in the Euro 2016 qualifiers without winning a game but ran both Croatia and Italy close, losing 1-0.
In their last match they drew with Estonia earlier this week.
They are led by Pietro Ghedin who was assistant coach in the 1998 World Cup for Italy, having played for Fiorentina and Lazio.
In their history, Scotland have faced Malta five times, winning on four occasions and drawing once.
The last time the two sides came up against each other was back in 1997 when Scotland triumphed 3-2 with Christian Dailly notching one and Darren Jackson grabbing a double.
After landing in Malta late on Saturday afternoon, captain Darren Fletcher spoke with the press and said: “Everyone is excited ahead of tomorrow. There is a lot of young players involved which has brought a freshness to the group and they’ve linked well with the older ones.
“The disappointment of the last campaign and watching the Euros means we are all desperate to go again so we can right some wrongs.
“I’m delighted to be captain and hoping to help us qualify.
“To play in a World Cup would be the ultimate goal as a nation. It’s a difficult group but by no means impossible. We fancy our chances against the teams we’ve been drawn with.
“We are optimistic and so are the fans, we’re eternally grateful for their support.
“I’ve been in the squad a long time and I’ve never heard any disgruntlement from the fans despite some disappointments. Their support will go a long way to helping us qualify.”