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Summary

  1. Scotland captain Fletcher targets six points
  2. 'Luck is when preparation meets opportunity' - Strachan
  3. Scotland manager has 'nearly' picked starting XI to face Lithuania
  4. Lithuania pre-match media conference (18:00 BST)
  5. Ayr United v Falkirk; Crusaders v Livingston (19:45 BST)

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for all your contributions today. Join us tomorrow for all the build-up and live coverage of Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

    Enjoy your Friday night.

    Goodbye.

  2. Lithuania targeting first Hampden victory

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The Lithuania manager Edgaras Jankauskas believes Scotland will accept nothing other than a victory against his team on Saturday night.

    The former Hearts striker acknowledges that "all the facts are against us", wth Lithuania having lost on all four previous visits to Scotland and not having won any of their last 11 away matches.

    But Jankauskas has guided his teams to successive draws against Poland and Slovenia and says the first half of Scotland's game against Malta "gives us hope".

    "We accept we are not favourites but all good runs and bad runs come to an end," he said.

  3. Was Strachan right to reject questions from fans?

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    Earlier today Scotland manager Gordon Strachan rejected the opportunity to answer questions from fans in his pre-match media conference ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

    So was the national boss right to do so?

  4. Scots always strive to win - Fletcher

    Scotland v Lithuania (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Darren Fletcher insists Scotland are not getting preoccupied with how many points they should get ahead of playing Lithuania.

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    Video caption: Scotland always strive to win, says captain Darren Fletcher
  5. 'Some questions from the punters Gordon..... No?'

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    Earlier today we asked you to submit your questions for the Scotland manager and we intended to put the best ones to the man himself at his media conference earlier today.

    Unfortunately it did not quite go according to plan.....

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  6. Strachan 'impressed' by Lithuania

    Scotland v Lithuania (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Scotland coach Gordon Strachan expects "an interesting game" against Lithuania in Saturday's World Cup qualifier.

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    Video caption: Scotland coach Gordon Strachan 'impressed' by Lithuania
  7. Strachan's dilemmas

    4. Striker

    Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan will not waver from his 4-2-3-1, one striker system.

    Chris Martin was the surprise choice up front in Malta and responded by scoring and winning a penalty, but he still hasn't broken his scoring duck for Fulham this season.

    Leigh Griffiths has returned from injury but found himself behind Moussa Dembele at Celtic, while Steven Naismith has been out of the picture completely at Norwich City.

    Steven Fletcher, for so long Strachan's go-to man up front, is the one in scoring form, having hit the net three times for Sheffield Wednesday since coming off the bench to add to Scotland's tally in Malta.

    Leigh Griffiths, Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher
    Image caption: All for one position: (clockwise) Leigh Griffiths, Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher
  8. Strachan's dilemmas

    3. Midfield

    Having regained the captaincy after Scott Brown's retiral from international duty, veteran Darren Fletcher is a certainty in the holding midfield role, while Robert Snodgrass' hat-trick in Malta and fine club form ensures that the Hull City man will fill one of the three spots behind the striker.

    Snodgrass was used on the wing for part of the time in Malta but is more effective tucked in behind the lone front-man. 

    Matt Ritchie and Oliver Burke played in those wing positions in the opening group game, but neither have been regular starters for Newcastle United or Leipzig respectively. Meanwhile, Celtic's James Forrest is pushing for a start after his Champions League showing against Manchester City and Ikechi Anya has previously been a Strachan favourite and is now playing regularly with Derby County.

    Barry Bannan was Strachan's preferred choice to sit alongside Fletcher as Brown's replacement in Malta, but James McArthur is fit again and in excellent - and scoring - form for Crystal Palace.  

    James Forrest, Ikechi Anya, Oliver Burke and Matt Ritchie
    Image caption: Clockwise wingers: James Forrest, Ikechi Anya, Oliver Burke and Matt Ritchie
  9. Strachan's dilemma's

    2. Defence

    Hearts' Callum Paterson appears to be a shoe-in at right-back for Scotland against Lithuania after starting against Malta and the withdrawal through injury of Aston Villa's Alan Hutton.

    The other option is Russell Martin, but the Norwich City man is part of Gordon Strachan's preferred central defence along with Grant Hanley. While the latter has spent most of his time on the bench since his summer transfer to Newcastle United, he looks likely to again be a preferred starter despite Christophe Berra and Gordon Greer being regulars at Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

    Left-back appears to be where Strachan will have the biggest headache - but a pleasant one considering the team boss believes he has "incredible" strength-in-depth in that position. 

    Hull City's Andrew Robertson and Celtic's Kieran Tierney
    Image caption: Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney are hoping to start at left-back

    Swansea City's Stephen Kingsley, Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie and Konyaspor's Barry Douglas did not even make the squad despite good form and Rangers' Lee Wallace appears to be third choice behind Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney.

    Robertson is the man with the jersey, having played against Malta, but the 22-year-old is part of a Hull City defence that has been leaking goals. Celtic haven't exactly been watertight either, but 19-year-old Tierney has growing experience at Champions League level.

  10. Strachan's dilemmas

    1. Goalkeeper

    David Marshall or Craig Gordon? Marshall became Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan's first choice despite Gordon's return to form and fitness with Celtic.

    While Gordon recently found himself dropped by club boss Brendan Rodgers, the 33-year-old has won his place back from summer signing Dorus de Vries. 

    But, although Marshall has conceded nine goals in his three outings for Hull City since his transfer from Cardiff City, the 31-year-old appears favourite to be handed the gloves again by Strachan against Lithuania.

    Celtic's Craig Gordon and Hull City's David Marshall
    Image caption: Craig Gordon and David Marshall are again vying for a starting place
  11. McCrorie in, McCrorie out for Scots

    Ross McCrorie has been called into the Scotland Under-21 squad after his twin, Robby, dropped out through injury - but one brother is not a direct replacement for the other.

    While the 18-year-olds both play for Rangers, Robby is a goalkeeper, while Ross is a central defender. Aberdeen's Robbie Mutch comes in for the former, while the latter wins his place in Scot Gemmill's squad after Jordan McGhee, the defender on loan to Middlesbrough from Hearts, dropped out.

    The young Scots play the penultimate group game of their European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign in Macedonia on Tuesday.

    With the Scots out of the running to qualify, Gemmill is giving young players a chance to prove themselves and his first game in charge resulted in a 2-0 defeat away to Iceland on Wednesday.

    Ross and Robby McCrorie with Scotland Under-17s
    Image caption: Ross and Robby McCrorie have played together with Scotland Under-17s
  12. Scots loaded at left-back - Strachan

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    "Some of the areas we are very strong, some I'd like to be stronger," Gordon Strachan said.

    "But areas we have not got a problem is the mental strength, that was proved in the last game. Areas we are happy with is their passion and commitment, we have got that as well. 

    "Areas on the park, left-back, incredible. Those three this week, as good as I have seen, those three in training, for one position. 

    "We have people playing well, people not getting a game for their club, that's a factor, but we still think they're good players." 

    Clockwise from top: Left-back Kieran Tierney, Lee Wallace and Andrew Robertson
    Image caption: Clockwise from top: Left-back Kieran Tierney, Lee Wallace and Andrew Robertson
  13. Scots aiming for two wins - Fletcher

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

    Darren Fletcher says Scotland are aiming for maximum points from their next two matches against Lithuania and Slovakia.

    The national team captain says they will fight all the way in this campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, regardless of the results over the next four days. 

    "I don't really think about points, we try to win every game.

    "There is still a long way to go in the campaign. It is no different, no matter what game we play. We strive to win, we are determined to win, we are focused to win, we are prepared to win. That's the mindset that goes into it.

    "I think afterwards and that's not the case [and Scotland have not won] if I sit here and say 'We have to win', then we just write off the rest of the campaign?' No, we would still fight. There are still plenty of games to go."

    Scotland captain Darren Fletcher
    Image caption: Darren Fletcher is targeting two wins from two

    "So, we look forward to the games and we try to get two positive results which would be two wins. We see where we are when we come out of them and we go again.

    "We know it is going to be a tough game. We have played Lithuania in the past and it has always been a difficult game, very physical. Now I think they are trying to have a real go in games and attack and look to be very expansive on the counter-attack."

  14. No Scotland targets - Strachan

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    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says he hasn't set any targets for the upcoming World Cup qualifying double header against Lithuania and Slovakia. 

    He also says his squad are looking good in training but he's yet settle on his starting XI. Scotland are favourites to beat Lithuania at Hampden tomorrow night but Strachan says recent international results across the world suggest few teams completely dominate matches.