No wonder the manager admitted last night that he is excited about the prospect of adding Steven Fletcher and Darren Fletcher to the squad of players who performed so creditably against England in midweek.
Although his frustration - after Scotland were unable to turn a well-earned 2-1 lead after an hour of play into a famous victory at Wembley in midweek - has yet to subside, the 56-year-old finds solace in the fact that the two Fletchers appear to be making great strides in their respective recoveries from injury and illness.
Steven Fletcher, the striker who cost £12 million when he moved from Wolves to Sunderland, is nearing a return to club duty following an ankle ligament injury sustained just five minutes into the Scots' 2-1 defeat against Wales in March. He is expected to be fit for the double-header with Belgium and Macedonia in September.
The return of Darren Fletcher - whose last match for his country came under Craig Levein in Belgium last October - would be even greater cause for celebration. The 29-year-old is hopeful of being allowed to resume full training at Manchester United soon as he recovers from the bowel condition ulcerative colitis.
"It's nice to think we have Steven Fletcher there and Darren Fletcher there," said Strachan. "If you could imagine the two of them being in that team the other night then it's a heart-warming prospect. We just need to get these boys back. And when they do get back they will definitely add to the talent, technique, professionalism and experience in the team."
In due course, Strachan will be able to reflect on some genuine positives from the defeat to England, tarnished only by the mis-communications at set-pieces which led to goals for Danny Welbeck and substitute Ricky Lambert. The former Celtic and Middlesbrough boss is a wholehearted adherent of zonal marking, and won't change his ideas because of goals he believes were largely due to a flurry of changes in personnel made by the home side.
"At the last few clubs I have been at, we've had zonal marking," said Strachan. "At Celtic we only lost one direct header in four years in the SPL, [Francisco] Sandaza I think. But it depends on what you have got. If you have got six giants you can [expect to cope with opposition set-pieces], if you don't it's a problem and you have to deal with it. I wouldn't concern myself with that too much because, before Wednesday, there wasn't too much of a threat of that in previous games. At the third goal there was so much going on - there had been something like 10 changes at that point - that everything was a bit confusing, that's for sure. Normally you only have to deal with one or two subs and that's easily handled."
The developments his Scotland side are making in terms of their shape and ability to keep possession has surprised even their manager - though his optimism is tempered by the worry that injuries could disrupt the understanding players are developing with their colleagues. "I would have thought [the last two performances] were unlikely, the way I felt after the Wales game in March," he admitted. "I still believe that the seven days that I had with the players, [prior to the match with Croatia in June] trying to find a shape, has been really beneficial. If we hadn't had that, we couldn't have produced the performances we've had. But what you've got to say is, 'What happens is if one of these guys gets injured in a partnership?' We can't say that they're going to play there for the next 20-odd games. If we could guarantee that I would sleep easy."
Even more concerning to Strachan was the 6-0 humbling Scotland's Under-21 side suffered at the hands of their English counterparts in Sheffield. He watched the match "up until the sixth goal went in" and sympathises with Under-21 counterpart Billy Stark. Reflecting on how the young Scots struggled to cope against quicker, stronger, more technically proficient opponents, he spoke last night about putting an onus on his more diminutive players to work harder in the gym to improve their strength.
"Is lack of height and strength a concern? It has been a concern for the Scottish population for the last 200 years!" he joked. "I have said it all along, our core strength has to be better. The strength and pace and power that the likes of Belgium have … is one big difference between us and everyone else," he added.
"If you look at Shaun Maloney he's the only small one [in the Scotland set-up] I have seen who has built himself up. He's the only one who can actually physically look after himself. Every day at Celtic him and [Aiden] McGeady were first in and last away in terms of building themselves up. They were told to do that and then it became a bit of a habit. If you don't have that you have to work at it."
James Forrest, working for the first time under Strachan, is rare among Scottish players with his raw pace and a low centre of gravity, although Strachan feels he can get fitter and stronger still. "If you had asked him what it was like playing against the tops sides in the Champions League he'd have said 'I need to get even stronger'," he said. "If you are small look at [Belgium's] Eden Hazard, look how strong he is, then enquire how did he get that strong? At Dundee I just used to watch Jocky Scott and Gordon Wallace and how they played football. When I went somewhere else and watched people training hard I thought, 'I'll do that as well'. It's about having your role models and trying to copy them." More performances like the one at Wembley ought to provide those young players with something to aspire to.