Scotland are now ranked higher in the FIFA world rankings than countries like Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Congo.
That’s the price the Tartan Army have paid after disappointing results against Lithuania and Slovakia recently.
Gordon Strachan’s men needed a last-minute equaliser for a 1-1 draw with Lithuania at Hampden, but were outclassed in Trnava days later as they lost 3-0 to a strong Slovakian team.
That leaves them fourth in World Cup qualifying and a country unsure whether or not Strachan is the right man to lead them to their first major tournament in 20 years.
The latest FIFA world rankings were released today and Scotland have dropped 13 places to 57th – and that means they now sit higher than Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Congo, Iran and a host of other countries:
That’s not the sort of news Scotland fans want as they look for reason to be confident ahead of a trip to Wembley to play England next month.
A victory could breathe life into their World Cup qualifying campaign, but a defeat could spell the end of the line for the under pressure Strachan.