Scotland’s potential route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be revealed this Saturday as the qualification group draw takes place in St Petersburg (beamed back live to Hampden Park!).
To mark the occasion, we’ve picked ten of Scotland’s most memorable wins in World Cup qualification campaigns gone-by - which is your favourite?
Croatia 0-1 Scotland - World Cup 2014 qualifying
The first away win of the Gordon Strachan-era and the spark in a Scotland National Team revival. Robert Snodgrass’ 26th minute strike was enough to seal victory over a country ranked fourth in the world at the time.
Norway 1-2 Scotland - World Cup 2006 qualifying
Four days on from a credible 1-1 draw with Italy, Walter Smith’s side temporarily re-ignited their qualification chances with an excellent win in Oslo. Kenny Miller’s double gifting Scotland their second-ever win over the Norwegians.
Scotland 1-0 Sweden – World Cup 1998 qualifying
Up against a strong Sweden side at Ibrox, Scotland got off to the perfect start – scoring with just seven minutes on the clock. Highlander and Bolton Wanderers legend John McGinlay sweeping the ball home after a Darren Jackson dummy to seal a crucial win for Craig Brown’s boys.
Scotland 2-0 Latvia - World Cup 1998 qualifying
Following a successful qualification campaign, Scotland were left one win away from a place at France ’98. A packed Celtic Park let the players know what was expected of them and they certainly delivered. Goals from Kevin Gallacher and Gordon Durie ensured Scotland’s place at the World Cup finals – their last appearance to date.
Scotland 2-0 France - World Cup 1990 qualifying
Scotland strengthened their grip on a World cup berth with victory over France at Hampden. Mo Johnstone – playing his club football in France with Nantes at the time – scored a double to all but seal a place at Italia ’90.
Scotland 2-0 Australia - World Cup 1986 Play-off Qualifier
After finishing second to Spain in their qualifying group and missing out on a automatic spot, Scotland were drawn into the Intercontinental play-offs against Australia. Davie Cooper and Frank McAvennie goals put Scotland firmly in the driving seat prior to the long trip Down Under, where a goalless draw in the return leg confirmed Scotland's World Cup place.
Sweden 0-1 Scotland - World Cup 1982 qualifying
Scotland's first win in Sweden and a result that gave the country the perfect start to their 1982 qualification campaign. National Team boss Gordon Strachan popping up with the only goal of the game 18 minutes before time.
Wales 0-2 Scotland - World Cup 1978 qualifying
The two Home Nations rivals have enjoyed some feisty meetings in the past, none more so than this do-or-die clash at Anfield. A controversial Don Masson penalty and a late strike from Kenny Dalglish were enough to seal Scotland’s place in Argentina.
Scotland 2-1 Czechslovakia – World Cup 1974 qualifying
Czechslovakia had cruelly denied Scotland a World Cup place in 1962 so this crucial tie, with both teams on level points at the top of Group 8, took on extra significance. Zdenek Nehoda’s 32nd minute goal was cancelled out by strikes from Jim Holton and Joe Jordan, with Scotland winning to book their spot at World Cup ’74.
Scotland 1-0 Italy - World Cup 1966 qualifying
Scotland failed to qualify for the 1966 World Cup in England but did managed to record a famous victory over the Italians at Hampden. Rangers’ John Greig netted the late winner in this game, which remains Scotland’s only win over the Azzurri.
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