There’s no doubting it is make-or-break time for Scotland in their quest for Euro 2016 qualification — but for tonight’s opponents Poland it’s also a momentous game.
A win in either of their final two matches, at Hampden and then home to the Republic of Ireland, will see the Poles secure qualification for a tournament for the first time since Euro 2008 — in 2012 they, with Ukraine, were hosts and did not need to qualify.
And, with a large Polish population in Scotland, there’s no doubting their fans will be cheering on their nation in their droves at Hampden.
One who is heading to Glasgow for the game tonight will be well known to amateur footballers and futsal players around Dundee.
Krzysztof Mazanka moved to the city in 2006 and, after injury stopped him playing football, took up the whistle and became the man in the middle both on the football pitch and on the futsal court.
And, for Krzysztof, the pressure tonight is firmly on Scotland.
He said: “The question marks are on Scotland — you have to win to get to the play-offs. We can lose but then beat Ireland and we still get second place.
“Scotland can’t count on the last game, they have to win.
“Poland have done better than I expected at the start of the group, especially after the last qualifying group where we didn’t do well.
“They’ve done really well this time around, though, especially in the game against Germany. At the moment, Scotland aren’t doing great and they have to win.”
The man most feared by centre-backs in world football at the moment, Robert Lewandowski — fresh from 12 goals in his last four games for club side Bayern Munich and top goalscorer in Euro qualifying — is undoubtedly where most Poles are pinning their hopes of success this week.
But Krzysztof has a warning for the Tartan Army — he’s not the only danger.
“Lewandowski is on fire at the moment with 13 goals in his last five games — those five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg was just unbelievable.
“At the moment, he is the best forward in the world and is, of course, very important but we have other important players.
“Grzegorz Krychowiak, who plays for Sevilla, is a very good player who has won the Europa League and competes very well in La Liga. He doesn’t score goals but he is very important.
“Fabianski is a good goalkeeper and Arkadiusz Milik from Ajax is a great player.”
Another Dundee-based Pole, Jacek Rusznica, formerly a footballer in the Polish second division as well as turning out for junior sides St Andrews United and Coupar Angus over here, agrees Lewandowski and Milik are ones to watch for the Scots.
He said: “Lewandowski and Milik are our best two players, while Blaszczykowski, who was at Borussia Dortmund last year, is very good as well. Defender Kamil Glik from Torino is good also.
“Scotland don’t have players like Lewandowski but they are a very good team and they work well together.
“I think it will be a draw. A draw tonight and then we beat Ireland on Sunday.
“Scotland have quite a good team at the moment and are hard to beat. They did very well against Germany and the draw in Poland was a hard game for us.”
There may be conflict in the Rusznica household watching the game, however, with son Fabian being born in Scotland.
“My son supports Dundee, he plays for their U/8 team and I asked him if he would play for Poland or Scotland when he is older and he said ‘I don’t know’!
“He is Polish of course but was born here in Dundee but will be supporting Poland.
“I can’t wait for the game — if Poland lose we still have a chance in the last game but we will see if we need that.”