Scotland captain Scott Brown insists that the country is moving in the right direction as they prepare to bring down the curtain on a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign.
Croatia, who have guaranteed themelves a play-off slot behind group winners Belgium, are the visitors to Hampden on Tuesday night in the Group A Sky Live clash.
Brown is determined to sign off with a victory - which would be the Scots first home success in a competitive fixture for over two years.
"It's going to be a hard game, it's going to be interesting," Brown told Sky Sports News. "We're looking forward to it. We have had some good results recently and we want to continue it.
"The week's training has been intense and we are enjoying it and we have got our shape sorted for the game. They have still got a lot to prove. They will come here trying to get the win."
Luka Modric did not feature when Scotland recorded a surprise win in Zagreb in June and Brown is hoping for a chance to pit his wits against the former Tottenham playmaker.
"Luka Modric is a huge player - anyone at Real Madrid is a huge player - and he's been in the Premier League," he said.
"It's going to hard game for us because they have some great players but it's going to be a hard game for them too. We have to keep them on the back foot and that's what we aim to do.
"It's not been the best campaign but the last few results have been better. It's a long time since we've had a home win and it would be good to get one of those under our belt."
Ikechi Anya burst onto the international stage with a goal on his debut in the 2-1 win in Macedonia last month - and it is successes such as his that gives Brown hope for the future.
"He's a great player to come in and the gaffer and his team are working hard behind the scenes to bring in new players," said Brown. "He's got pace and talent and it's been enjoyable to play with him.
"We've learned a lot in the last four of five games. We've got a new formation and we are learning about when to press and when not to press so we have learnt a lot from the manager."
Strachan is also looking forward to the game having enjoyed a positive preparation over the past seven days.
"I've enjoyed myself and I hope the players have as well," he said. "They players have responded fantastically well and now we are looking forward to the game.
"We will have to be on the front foot. The onus is on us to go and win the game and we will have to be careful because by doing that you can leave yourself a bit exposed at times.
"We have got to be positive and if we are to be successful in the future we have to improve our home form.
"You've got to try and win when you are playing at home. Away from home we have been doing a lot of good things, so the system we will be using will be a little bit different, but not by much."
You can watch Scotland take on Croatia live on Sky Sports 1 on 15 October from 19.30