Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has challenged his strikers to show tonight that they are ready for Slovenia.
The Scots face Canada in a friendly at Easter Road as they prepare for Sunday’s must-win World Cup qualifier with the Slovenians.
Strachan is hoping his front-men can use the friendly to boost their match fitness going into the weekend clash at Hampden.
Strachan said: “Of the five strikers we’ve picked, only one has started for his club over the last couple of weekends.
“That’s a bit disappointing for them – and for us.
“That striking business, it’s like putting at golf.
“You can get to a certain stage with your game but playing regularly is what makes you able to make that putt.
“It’s the same with the finishing for strikers. “You need that clinical edge.
“Hopefully, this game will help some of them with that.”
Strachan confirmed former Dons winger Ryan Fraser and Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, who was a late call-up, will feature at some stage, although he is wary of placing too much demands on players at this stage of the domestic campaign.
He said: “Ryan has had a lot of games, fortunately, and so has Tom.
“They will play their part but we have to be careful not to place too much demands on them.
“But there are other players in the squad who haven’t played so much for their clubs.
“We will be trying to get a shape that can affect Canada.
“But we will also give players like Steven Naismith, Chris Martin, Ikechi Anya and Steven Fletcher – guys who have not had a lot of game time – some match action.
“I want to know how fit they are ahead of the next match.
“We can all take their heart rates, body fat and all the rest of it. “But you need to see people in games.
“We’ve had people like Alan Hutton, who didn’t play much for his club for a spell, then came in and did very well for us every time.
“But we’ve also had other guys who have done the same as Alan, but come in and really found it a struggle.
“It’s not every player who can step in without much club football and perform for the national team.”
Falkirk defender Luca Gasparotto hopes to make his debut for Canada in tonight’s game.
The 22-year-old former Rangers youngster had to quit Ibrox last year as he went in search of first-team action.
But he reckons he is now ready to make the step up to his national team.
Gasparotto said: “Hopefully, I will get on the pitch at some point.
“I’ve been waiting for it to come for a couple of years now but it would be pretty fitting if I was to make my debut here.
“It would be extra special to do it in Scotland because it’s my adopted home now.”