Midfielder Stuart Armstrong today insisted the friendly against Holland is a new start for Scotland – and the start of the bid to reach Euro 2020.
Interim manager Malky Mackay will lead the Scots out against the Dutch at Pittodrie tonight (7.45pm).
It is the first game since the failed World Cup 2018 bid and the subsequent exit of Gordon Strachan as manager.
Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament since the World Cup in 1998 and Celtic star Armstrong insists the first step to ending that painful drought begins tonight.
The 25-year-old, who was raised in Aberdeen, said: “That desire to go one further this time around is still there and of course you have the new ambition of the fresh faces.
“We are looking forward to the new campaign and new objectives.
“Certainly in the latter stages of the last campaign we showed what a good footballing team we are.
“We showed that we are very positive and certainly within that there are a lot of things to take going forward.
“There are new players and staff and it certainly feels like a new start.
“It is a chance for new individuals coming into the team and gelling together as a team and looking forward together as a group.”
Mackay has called up eight uncapped players to face Holland, who also missed out on the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.
Armstrong is set to secure his fifth senior international cap tonight.
He accepts this is the opportunity for the Scotland new boys to lay down a marker – regardless of who the SFA ultimately appoint as successor to Strachan.
Armstrong said: “As with every new manager coming in, every new player wants to impress and push for a place in the team to come back time after time.”
The midfielder and Celtic team-mate Scott Brown missed out on the deciding final two World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia through injury.
Skipper Brown is with the squad in the Granite City, but Mackay confirmed he will miss the game through injury.
Armstrong said: “It was a disappointing end for the team and to not be involved was frustrating.
“Myself and Broony were very disappointed not to be able to try and help the team over that final hurdle.”
There is a strong Aberdeen link to tonight’s clash at Pittodrie, with three Aberdeen players in the squad – Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie.
Both Christie and McLean are set to start.
Former Pittodrie stars Ryan Jack (Rangers) and Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) are both in the squad.
Armstrong was raised in Aberdeen, was a pupil of Hazlehead Academy and starred for the city’s Dyce Boys Club.
Yet he insists playing for his country in the city will have no added significance.
He said: “This (Aberdeen) is obviously where I went to school, but I have been around the block since and it doesn’t really hold anything special.”
“I had five years at Dyce Boys Club. I have very good memories of my time there and played some good football with some good boys so that was nice.”
During international duty, Armstrong has linked up with former Granite City friends Ryan Jack and Greame Shinnie.
He said: “I have known Jacko for a long time from my younger Aberdeen days and I also went to school with Fraser Fyvie, who also played for Aberdeen.
“I’ve known him and Graeme for a long time.”
“We played against him (Shinnie) a short time ago and, although the game was comfortable in the end for Celtic (3-0 win), I thought he put in a very good individual performance.
“It is good to see Graeme because I have known him for a long time. He is a good guy and a good player.”
Armstrong has also met up with Celtic team-mate Christie, who is currently on a season-long at Aberdeen from Parkhead.
He said: “Ryan is another boy I have known for a while.
“His dad used to take one of the Inverness teams the year below me.
“I have seen Ryan about for a good few years and he is a nice friendly face. I am close pals with him and it is good to have him in the team.
“When he was training at Celtic he was very good but sometimes competition there can be high.
“It is important to go and get games and now he is showing what a quality player he is.”
Holland have failed to qualify for the World Cup and Euro 2016, but Armstrong reckons the Scots face a tough task tonight.
He said: “We are under no illusions they are a quality team.
“They also have very good individual players so it will be a tough game for us.”