Scotland take on Wales in World Cup qualifying on Friday night, knowing a positive result is necessary after a stuttering start to the campaign.
Assistant boss Peter Houston insists it isn't win or bust but, with a tricky trip to Belgium on Tuesday night, three points against the group's bottom side would go a long way towards optimism returning to the camp - and to the Tartan Army.
To achieve maximum points in Cardiff, who should Craig Levein select to get the job done? The STV Sport team have picked their starting line-ups for the match, as well as analysing where certain players are required to counter the threat from our opponents.
The starting XI based on the average of our selections is:
Here's our individual thoughts on how Craig Levein should set out his stall in Cardiff.
Andy Coyle's team
Both Fletchers, Darren and Steven, are back in the squad and would go straight into my starting XI. I’m also putting Commons in what, on paper, is a 4-4-1-1.
Fletcher is more than capable of impressing as the lone striker but I think Commons, on current form, can play the link role between midfield and forward. Shaun Maloney, on the left flank, can pose a threat and James Morrison or Scott Brown can break on the right.
Mindful of the threat that Gareth Bale could pose, I’ve gone for Brown to start wide right where he has the energy to get up and down but is also likely to drop back when Alan Hutton inevitably bombs forward.
I pondered whether or not to put Charlie Mulgrew in at centre-back but think Caldwell and Berra can be a more solid partnership, allowing Mulgrew to get forward.
There was no place for James Forrest but with his pace and direct running, he would come off the bench.
Andy's selection: McGregor; Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Mulgrew; Brown, D Fletcher, Morrison, Maloney; Commons; S Fletcher.
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Grant Russell's team
Kris Commons is an obvious starter, despite the circumstances of his call-up. Given Levein’s desire to play inverted wingers, the most obvious position to field him would be at right midfield.
The question this poses is: how do Scotland counter/exploit Gareth Bale? Hutton will have to contend with his pace down that side, so the emphasis in an attacking sense will be on occupying the deeper space behind him.
Given Bale’s mobility, a more patient player with a composed touch and eye for a pass should be used on the right, essentially a player as opposed to an explosive winger in the Forrest mould.
If Scott Brown isn't fit, the alternative has to be to push Caldwell back up into midfield, push Darren Fletcher forward one and bring in Charlie Mulgrew at central defence.
Grant's selection: McGregor; Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Fox; D Fletcher; Commons, Brown, Morrison, Maloney; S Fletcher.
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Keith Downie's team
Daniel Fox hasn't covered himself in glory this season at Southampton and Mulgrew should be preferred ahead of him at left back.
Mulgrew has proven himself at club level and his dead ball delivery is a valuable asset to the team. He is a safer option.
With Brown and Fletcher sitting in midfield, Commons, Forrest and Morrison should be given the freedom to get forward and bring width to the team with the ball.
Kenny Miller isn't in anyone's team, but he should be looked at to come on late in the game, with the system changing to a 4-4-2.
Keith's selection: McGregor; Hutton, Caldwell, Webster, Mulgrew; Brown, D Fletcher; Forrest, Morrison, Commons; S Fletcher.
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Jamie Borthwick's team
While significant personnel have rejoined the squad, Craig Levein is not going to tamper with his 4-1-4-1 formation – particularly as Wales have a strong midfield.
Steven Fletcher is certain to start and Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown will both be handed midfield berths. The Wales game, despite any protestations from the coaches, is a true must-win, and the best players have to play.
Danny Fox over Charlie Mulgrew at left back is purely on the basis that the former’s performances for Scotland have been better. If the game was on club form, Mulgrew would be a certainty but, he has struggled in international games so far.
I also prefer Andy Webster at centre half but doubts over his fitness will likely see Christophe Berra take the berth.
Out wide, Levein is keen for his players to have a threat cutting inside. Kris Commons can wander in centrally when Alan Hutton bombs forward, while Sean Maloney is comfortable on either foot.
Jamie's selection: McGregor; Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Fox; D Fletcher; Commons, Brown, Morrison, Maloney; S Fletcher.
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Raman Bhardwaj's team
James Morrison is impressive at club level, but hasn't shown enough on the international stage so far to justify his selection from the start in a squad which has its full compliment of midfield players.
Charlie Adam offers more in the midfield, especially when it comes to getting the ball into wide areas for Commons and Forrest.
My slight concern in this selection is on the right side with Hutton and Forrest up against Bale. Hutton's strength is undoubtedly attacking over defending, but Levein has few options at right back.
With Forrest a starter, Commons should feature ahead of Maloney. His display in Moscow for Celtic showed his ability to bring counter attacking players into the game with ease, while also retaining possession when it matters.
Raman's selection: McGregor; Hutton, Mulgrew, Caldwell, Fox; D Fletcher; Forrest, Brown, Adam, Commons; S Fletcher.