After the three seconds in Estonia which sent their name around the globe, Scotland's prospects of a painless path to the World Cup finals may be decided in the space of four days next month, writes Phil Shaw.
On 7 November, the organising committee of Fifa, the sport's world governing body, will adjudicate on Wednesday's bizarre events in Tallinn. The statute book points to Scotland being awarded a 3-0 victory following the host nation's no-show.
However, the Estonian FA yesterday lodged a formal protest against the late rescheduling of the game. Kick-off time had been brought forward nearly four hours by the Fifa delegate after the Scotland manager, Craig Brown, expressed concern about the standard of the floodlights. Fifa's committee will also rule on whether the "match", abandoned by the referee as soon as Scotland kicked off in the absence of any opponents, means that Gary McAllister has now served his one-game suspension. The letter from Fifa to the Scottish FA confirming the captain's ban stated that it was for "the match versus Estonia". …