'News' football columnist George Wall looks at the new look Scotland squad as it prepares for a trip to Russia before a home tie against San Marino later this month...

I think the fact were are now relying on the Nations Cup play off place it is the right thing to do to try out players, Shankland scoring goals so let’s do it. John Fleck playing in the EPL, let’s see what he can do at international level. When he first broke into the Rangers first team squad at such a young age he was looked upon as a future international maybe now he is fulfilling that potential.

Central defence for Scotland still a big problem; I don’t see how Greg Taylor can get a spot in the squad as he has hardly played a game this season however it probably shows the depth of the squad we have.

The full squad is as follows: 

Goalkeepers: Craig MacGillivray (Portsmouth), David Marshall (Wigan Athletic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Wigan Athletic), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic).

Midfielders: Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).

Forwards: Oliver Burke (Alaves), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

* It was some scoreline for Rangers over Aberdeen on Saturday.

Traditionally the games have been very tight with Aberdeen even managing some victories in Glasgow last season.

Rangers thumping 5-0 win was not expected.

It looks like a real Rangers and Celtic battle for the title and a potential Rangers and Celtic final if they get past Hearts and Hibs.