Monday, November 8, 1999 Published at 16:58 GMT
Scotland squad guide
Scotland's squad relies on the experience of defender Colin Hendry for his inspirational leadership, while leading scorer John Collins is equally imprtant in midfield.
Neil Sullivan (Wimbledon)
But Brown - clearly influenced by Jack Charlton, who built a whole Republic of Ireland team around second and third-generation ex-patriates - checked out his family tree and gave him a call.
English by birth and upbringing, the Wimbledon keeper is now Scotland's first-choice after Andy Goram and Jim Leighton hung up their international gloves.
Jonathan Gould (Celtic)
And like the Wimbledon keeper, his nationality is far from clear-cut.
London-born, he made his name with English clubs like Halifax, West Brom, Coventry and Bradford, while his father is former Wales manager Bobby Gould.
Robert Douglas (Dundee)
"Rab" Douglas made a £100,000 move from Livingston to Dundee in 1997, which was followed by the Division One title and consolidation in the Premier League.
Douglas's role in the Tayside club's revival has been significant.
Alan Main (St Johnstone)
He was already in the international reckoning as Saints enjoyed a fine season in 1998/9, winning a European place for the first time in 27 years.
The experience of playing in the Uefa Cup this season helps a player without time on his side.
Colin Calderwood (Aston Villa)
He had anticipated a move back down the divisions before a transfer deadline move to Villa last spring led to a Premiership revival and an international recall.
Calderwood was forced to cancel a planned coaching course in the summer thanks to Brown's renewed interest.
Christian Dailly (Blackburn)
Dailly is now playing in the Nationwide League with Blackburn after a £5m transfer was ruined by injury and relegation last year.
He made a first appearance for the Scotland under-21 side at the record age of 16 and can play in midfield as well as his preferred central defence role.
Callum Davidson (Blackburn)
He then moved to Ewood Park to join compatriots Billy McKinlay, Colin Hendry and Kevin Gallacher.
Davidson became a regular in the former Premiership side's latter days in the top flight, breaking into Brown's side despite Blackburn's decline.
Colin Hendry (Rangers)
His short spell at Rangers looks set to end as soon as he proves his fitness - hopefully for the Scots in the play-off games.
A former club-mate of Alan Shearer from their time at Blackburn, few know more about the England captain than Hendry.
Jackie McNamara (Celtic)
He has recently overcome serious knee problems which have given his career a stop-start look over the past 18 months.
But after playing through pain for much of that time he is now fully fit.
Brian O'Neil (Wolfsburg)
But it was a move to the Bundesliga which caught Brown's eye.
Wolfsburg have enjoyed some good times since O'Neil's move, and are alongside some big names in the third round of the Uefa Cup.
Paul Ritchie (Hearts)
He is out of contract next summer at Tynecastle, and could leave on a free transfer.
Ritchie was given his first international chance in the summer after Matt Elliot's sending off in the Faroe Islands.
David Weir (Everton)
Weir followed Everton boss Walter Smith south to join a significant Scottish contingent at Goodison.
The former Rangers manager had twice tried to bring the utility defender to Ibrox when he was in charge in Glasgow.
Craig Burley (Celtic)
And that despite an up-and-down career that has seen him struggle at times at club level and occasional clashes with officialdom - including a red card in the last World Cup.
Marginalised at his first club, Chelsea, a move to Celtic proved inspirational, and he was named Scottish Player of the Year in the side's 1997-98 championship season.
Colin Cameron (Hearts)
It was significant that Hearts struggled last season when Cameron missed much of the campaign due to injury.
A quick player, he had impressed during the previous season's successes, scoring a penalty as Hearts upset Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.
John Collins (Everton)
Groomed in the hothouse of Celtic Park, his range of passing and eye for an opening saw him rise above the mediocrity of much of Scottish club football.
With Lambert operating as his minder, Collins forged a formidable partnership in the Celtic midfield, before restlessness saw him depart for the bright lights of the Premiership.
Ian Durrant (Kilmarnock)
He joined club-mate Ally McCoist in moving to Kilmarnock as the Ibrox club turned to foreign imports under Dick Advocaat.
The move reignited the international career of a player always noted for his passing ability and intellgient play.
Barry Ferguson (Rangers)
Starred in the Glasgow club's recent 4-1 mauling of PSV Eindhoven, although he also irritated the club's management by threatening to leave in a contract dispute.
Ferguson recently signed a new deal at the club, and looks set to perform a key role for club and country in the next decade.
Neil McCann (Rangers)
Enjoyed a fruitful first campaign in Glasgow, cluminating in two crucial title-winning goals in last May's infamous Old Firm game at Celtic Park.
Despite a slight downturn in form this season he is another Scot who is comfortable in multinational Glasgow.
Mark Burchill (Celtic)
He is now set for an increased role for his club after the recent broken leg suffered by Henrik Larsson.
The teenager id not look overawed on his international debut against Lithuania last month, and gives Scotland hope for the future alongside a number of strikers heading towards the end of their careers.
Billy Dodds (Dundee United)
But his performances during the Tannadice club's revival have helped cement his place in Craig Brown's squad.
In a national side which was always solid but unspectacular, Dodds has added an extra dimension by proving to be a reliable goalscorer at international level.
Kevin Gallacher (Newcastle)
Gallacher made his name with Coventry City in England, after playing for Dundee United north of the border.
He lacks some of the pace he once had, but still has a goal poacher's instinct, and is Scotland's only striker with a Premiership winner's medal.
Don Hutchison (Everton)
A whole-hearted midfielder for his club, Brown prefers him in a forward role, where his physical presence pays dividends in a side lacking a natural cutting edge.
Overlooked as a hothead during his days with Liverpool and West Ham, he has blossomed at Everton and is now one of Goodison's most reliable performers.
Gary McSwegan (Hearts)
He was forced to go south of the border to earn regular first team football, but returned north to Dundee United and then Hearts on a Bosman-style free transfer last season.
The pacey forward's form at Tynecastle finally earnt him a goalscoring international debut against Lithuania this season.