The Daily Record's football writer Keith Jackson isn't worried about Ireland. In his opinion piece this morning, he boldly suggests that there are only three or four players in the Irish squad who would get anywhere near the Scottish team, adding 'the big, fat bald irony being that two of them were born in this country.'
The only other player he would definitely allow in is Seamus Coleman. And he's open to the idea of taking John O'Shea. Otherwise, he doesn't think much of Ireland's personnel, implying that David Forde wouldn't even get near the squad.
But it'll be the same story all over the park. In almost every position, Scotland's players will come up against technically inferior opponents.
He even reckons there's a fair chance Scotland will win in both Dublin and Glasgow, though he predicts four points as the likelier outcome. Scotland are feeling good about their football team for the first time in over two decades and Strachan has been lauded by the Scottish press. Jackson asserts that he has gathered together 'a talented bunch' and Scotland are likely to qualify.