Three reasons to cheer new-look Scotland
Craig Levein's first squad as Scotland manager should earn plaudits for the message of hope it sends out to all non-Old Firm players.
Every Scottish football fan should be delighted at the inclusion of the three Dundee United players: Andy Webster, Garry Kenneth and Paul Dixon.
Their selection is proof that, if players are playing at their best, it needn't matter that they don't ply their trade at Celtic or Rangers.
Form and form alone will be the yardstick for the new Scotland manager, and that is enormously refreshing, because it has not always been the case.
All three deserve to be in the Scotland squad on merit.
Webster, before his recent calf injury was heading back to his imperious best, strolling through games with composure and class; organising, commanding and bringing a real presence to United's backline.
Kenneth has the physique and aggression to mix it in any company and his inclusion in the squad will see his stock continue to rise.
And Dixon has the pace, the will to win and the ability to deliver set-pieces and crosses with the precision which are a vital part of the game.
As a Dundonian, forgive me for a moment of pride in my native city, but Charlie Adam's inclusion is also richly deserved.
Finding a new lease of life at Blackpool, Charlie's technical ability often previously under appreciated, is now to the fore.
Charlie, I think, has lacked self belief in his ability. He should not; he is a technically gifted player who has a tremendous eye for a pass and a great left foot.
So, pass marks all round for Levein who is off to a flier in his first pick.
He has also judged it just right with the Rangers and ex-Rangers players.
The new Scotland boss has shown shrewd judgement in his first call ups.
After the disappointment of recent times for the national side, hopefully better times are just around the corner.