A 1-0 win over Estonia at Pittodrie set no fires alight, though the Tartan Army and a world-weary Scottish football press might have felt their battered spirits being lifted.
A new man is in charge, yet another new Scotland chapter is in store, and a Charlie Mulgrew goal at least ensured no opening night setbacks for Strachan.
It was decent, energetic, fairly solid from Scotland. If this stodgy-sounding critique sounds like damning with faint praise, it is because little else can be said of such slender wins over modest opponents.
There is much to admire about McCoist, as a person and as a football man, and his legend-status among Rangers fans will prove untouchable.
But his gifts as a manager? His team's performances on the field are severely undermining his case.
There is always a knee-jerk reaction after defeats such as that suffered by Rangers against Dundee United on Saturday - this must be acknowledged. The knives are coming out for McCoist, who may well prove his growing army of critics wrong.
No-one with the power to change the game really knows which way to turn. There is no conviction. There is a very evident lack of certainty.
To paraphrase the scriptures, every one appears to be looking through smoky glass, seeing only smudgy, indistinct images on the other side.
I don’t often draw a parallel between Lincoln and Andy Murray, but I did this weekend, watching Judy Murray once more excitedly root for her son in a Grand Slam final.
Judy is not a phenomenal mum. And she would certainly baulk at any use of Lincoln’s “angel” terminology as a description. But through something simple and unadorned – just being a sporty parent - Judy gave Andy a precious gift that is now reaping its rewards.
If Hooper stays at Celtic until June – which he may well do – then it will be business very well done by the club.
Hooper was bought for £2.2m and, if he leaves Glasgow in the summer, will probably fetch around £8m in the transfer market.
Notwithstanding that Scunthorpe will receive a wedge from this, it will still represent terrific business for Celtic.
Peter Lawwell has modelled Celtic on a buy-to-sell basis and the Hooper association with the club might be its most perfect illustration.