Scotland defender Scott McKenna has joined FC Copenhagen on loan for the rest of the season.
Scotland are not eligible to enter the Olympic Games soccer competition but can send players when Great Britain enters a team.
Scotland's early history
They took on England in the first official international match, at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Scotland on November 30, 1872.
Scotland named an XI made up entirely of players from the Glasgow-based amateur club Queen's Park for the match which ended in a goalless draw.
Scotland lost just twice in their first 43 international matches. But while their early competition with the home nations elevated their soccer, it was a failure to look beyond that would see them decline.
The team would humble England at Wembley 5-1 in 1928 and a year later play their first game outside of the British Isles, beating Norway 7-3 in Bergen.
Early World Cup appearances
The team again qualified for the 1954 World Cup but once again the SFA were seemingly bent on handicapping their own team as they only allowed a squad of 13 players to be sent to Switzerland. Scotland lost both their matches, including a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of defending world champions Uruguay.
James Murray scored the first Scotland goal at a World Cup in their 1954 group stage opener against Yugoslavia, but a 3-2 defeat to Paraguay and a 2-1 loss to France saw the team bow out early.
Returning to the World Cup
Through the 1970s and 80s Scotland became World Cup regulars but still could not get beyond their group.
They found themselves drawn against stiff opposition in West Germany in 1974 and although they acquitted themselves well in beating Zaire and drawing against Brazil and Yugoslavia, they failed to progress on goals scored.
On This Day 1978— TV Football 1968-92 (@1968Tv) May 17, 2021
That great Willie Donachie own goal for Wales in the 1-1 draw with Scotland in the Home International at Hampden Park.
Commentator Hugh Johns#Scotland @ScotsFootyCards pic.twitter.com/MKjjgSN7s7
Not long before the 1978 World Cup, Scotland brought in Ally MacLeod as manager. This turned around performances and they would win the British Home Championship, securing another famous win over England which saw fans take pieces of the pitch back over the border with them.
At the 1978 World Cup, drawn against less illustrious opponents, Scotland fell flat. They siffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Peru first up and stumbed to a draw against Iran before earning a consolation 3-2 win over Netherlands.
In 1982 they found themselves opposite soccer superpowers Brazil and the Soviet Union. They would force a draw against the USSR but the 4-1 loss suffered against Brazil could not be offset by a 5-2 win over New Zealand. Even bolstered by Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen, Scotland could not progress.
Debuting in the European Championships
They swept to top spot in their qualifying group ahead of Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria. With four goals, Ally McCoist was the top Scottish scorer en route to the tournament but come finals time he couldn't produce and they were eliminated at the group stage.
Brown would steer Scotland to Euro 96 and a massive group stage tie against England, which came after they had earned a point with a goalless draw against Netherlands. They lost 2-0 to England and despite a McCoist-inspired win over Switzerland, yet again they were eliminated at the group stage.
Two years later Brown helmed Scotland's run to the World Cup, where they were again drawn in a group with Brazil. They opened the tournament at the Stade de France and sensationally equalised from the penalty spot through John Collins just before the break. However, an own goal from Tom Boyd denied them a point.
Recent years and return to the Euros
In 2016, a draw at home to Lithuania during their qualifying group cost Scotland a shot at a play-off to reach the 2018 World Cup. They finished third in their section behind England and Slovakia.
Ryan Christie gave Scotland the lead in that match before a late equaliser from Luka Jovic forced the game into extra time. Scotland were faced with another penalty shootout and held their nerve again to ensure manager Steve Clarke ended their 22-year wait to reach a major championship.
Clarke enjoys the services of perhaps Scotland's best players for some time, including Premier League stars Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney, but the team retains a feeling that it is greater than the sum of its parts.
Scotland has had a great deal of influence over the English game, and many of the greatest Scots played their best soccer in the English top flight rather than their national leagues.
Jim Baxter was one of Scotland's earliest soccer heroes emerging just after the war. He played a part in the famous victory over England in 1967 when he reportedly did 'keepy uppies' to taunt the world champions after breaking down the wing.
Also on Merseyside, the likes of Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness helped bring silverware to Anfield if not glory to Scotland.
A cult hero at Rangers, Ally McCoist also deserves to be talked about as being among the best to pull on a Scotland jersey. The targetman had a knack for scoring crucial goals in a team that didn't always create a lot of chances.
England are, of course, Scotland's great rivals and the one team they want to beat at all costs.
The 1937 British Home Nation Championship match against England set a world record for attendance at a soccer game with the official figure given as 149,415.
A passionate fanbase
Scottish fans earned a reputation in England with most of it attributable to bad behaviour during the 1977 match at Wembley when fans broke the goalposts and stole the turf at the home of English soccer.