Venue – Easter Road Stadium, Leith, Scotland
Date – 23 March 2017
Scotland take on Slovenia at Hampden on Sunday evening desperately needing a win in Group F to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals.
Before then, they play Canada in a friendly at Easter Road on Wednesday.
With all six teams having played four games in World Cup qualifying, Gordon Strachan’s men are fifth in the table. England have 10 points, Slovenia have eight, Slovakia have six and Lithuania five, while Malta are the only team below Scotland, with no points.
Scotland will face Slovenia on Sunday after Wednesday’s friendly with Canada Stuart Armstrong, Tom Cairney, Liam Cooper and Ryan Fraser are potential debutants for Scotland against Canada but James Morrison is an injury doubt.
Matt Phillips, James McArthur and Grant Hanley pulled out of the squad for the games against the Canucks and Slovenia.
Leeds United defender Liam Cooper was added to Gordon Strachan’s pool. Canada’s squad for the friendly includes Falkirk duo Fraser Aird and Luca Gasparotto, Cardiff’s Junior Hoilett and Burnley’s Scott Arfield.
Aird has four Canada caps Gasparotto and fellow defender La’Vere Corbin-Ong, who plays his club football in Germany with FSV Frankfurt, could make their senior international debuts.
Dundee forward Marcus Haber is also in interim head coach Michael Findlay’s squad, with Ecuadorian Octavio Zambrano taking charge after Wednesday’s match.
The match at Hibernian’s Easter Road will be Scotland’s first since their 3-0 defeat by England in November.
That result left them next-to-bottom of their World Cup qualifying group – four points behind Slovenia, who visit Hampden on Sunday in the fifth round of qualifiers. Morrison missed West Brom’s win over Arsenal on Saturday and even if he does not feature on Wednesday, the midfielder could play against Slovenia.
Scotland squad –
Craig Gordon (Celtic), David Marshall (Hull City), Allan McGregor (Cardiff City, on loan from Hull City)
Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Andy Robertson (Hull City), Kieran Tierney (Celtic), Lee Wallace (Rangers)
Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Oliver Burke (Leipzig), Darren Fletcher (West Brom), James Forrest (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), John McGinn (Hibernian), James Morrison (West Brom), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)
Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Steven Naismith (Norwich City), Chris Martin (Fulham, on loan from Derby County), Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Middlesbrough)
Canada squad –
Simon Thomas (Bodo/Glimt), Jayson Leutwiler (Shrewsbury Town)
Nik Ledgerwood (Edmonton), Manjrekar James (Vasas Budapest), Wandrille Lefevre (Impact Montreal), Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk), Maxim Tissot (DC United)
Samuel Piette (Izarra), Charlie Trafford (Sandecja Nowy Sacz), Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps), Fraser Aird (Falkirk), Ben Fisk (Edmonton), La’Vere Corbin-Ong (Frankfurt), Adam Straith (Edmonton), Scott Arfield (Burnley)
David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City), Simeon Jackson (Walsall), Marcus Haber (Dundee)