With the temperature set to dip to -4°C in the newly-named capital Nursultan during the Euro 2020 qualifier, the travelling support have been typically defiant in their dress code - true Scotsmen indeed.

Alex McLeish's men will need some of the same courage at the Astana Arena . Scotland's strength will be severely tested, with at least six changes from the team that beat Albania and Israel in the Nations League in November. Allan McGregor, Andy Robertson, Ryan Fraser, Callum Paterson, Steven Fletcher and Ryan Christie have all dropped out for one reason or another and McLeish is also missing the likes of Kieran Tierney, Steven Naismith, Leigh Griffiths and Charlie Mulgrew.

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Thankfully, the match will be indoors with the Astana Arena roof set to remain closed. The temperature is about 11C inside the stadium. The artificial pitch adds to the unusual surroundings.

Kazakhstan are ranked 117th in the world and have only won three of their last 40 competitive games. But Scotland cannot afford to take anyone lightly given their past history of struggles against lower-ranked teams and many of the squad have experienced difficult encounters in Kazakhstan. Aberdeen lost to Kairat Almaty in the Europa League in 2015 and Celtic have failed to win in three Champions League qualifying visits to the former Soviet republic, although they have gone through on each occasion.

If you haven't made the journey, you can watch the game on Sky Sports Football from 3pm.