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Scotland's dream (and doomsday) scenarios

Pot 1:

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: Germany. The three-time champions and three-time runners-up have qualified for every finals since 1968, apart from 1988, when they were hosts. Making it to France will be a formality.

DREAM DRAW: Greece. Under Fernando Santos, the Greeks have an excellent recent record, built on a strong defence and the counter. But with Brazil a swansong for skipper Georgios Karagounis, they may be in transition by September.

Pot 2: DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: Belgium. Scourge of Scotland in 2014 World Cup qualifying, beating us home and away en route to ending 12-year absence from major tournaments, Marc Wilmots' golden generation are only getting better. DREAM DRAW: Hungary. Zoltan Gera will be 35 by the time qualifying starts, and they are heavily reliant on Balazs Dzsudzsak of Dynamo Moscow, the winger who joined Dynamo Moscow for €19m in January 2012.

Pot 3: DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: Serbia. Former Under-19 coach Ljubinko Drulovic inherited a group of players sprinkled at big clubs all over Europe. Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic are at Chelsea, while Aleksandar Mitrovic, a 19-year-old at Anderlecht, is already in big demand.

DREAM DRAW: Austria. Marko Arnautovic, of Stoke City, and Marc Janko, of Trabzonspor, share star billing but Austria have featured at just one major finals since 2002, and only that was as co-hosts in 2008.

Pot 5: DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: Iceland. Made it all the way from pot six of World Cup qualifying to lose narrowly to Croatia in a play-off. Improving team would represent treacherous opponents from the fifth group of seeds. DREAM DRAW: Moldova. Aside from one stunning 5-2 victory in Podgorica, little in Moldova's recent record gives us cause for concern.

Pot 6: DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: Kazakhstan. Remember Shakhter Karagandy? Celtic fans certainly will. Many of the same players who

racked up a 2-0 lead for the Kazakh champions at half-time during their Champions League play-off round tie also feature for the national team.

DREAM DRAW: Gibraltar. Fifa's newest entrant have played one official tie to date, a 0-0 draw against Slovakia. Former Man United defender Danny Higginbotham is manager and only recognisable name.

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