Gordon Strachan takes charge of Scotland for the first time this evening and he has placed his trust in a familiar face from his time at Celtic to help lead the national side to victory over Estonia.
Strachan was Hoops boss in 2007 when he signed Scott Brown from Hibernian for £4.4 million and on Tuesday he announced that the tenacious midfielder would take over the armband for his first match following an injury to Gary Caldwell and doubts over the long-term future of Kenny Miller.
However, the feeling of familiarity for Strachan on such an auspicious occasion in his career will extend far beyond his captain.
The flame-haired gaffer will make his international managerial debut at Pittodrie, a place where he experienced unparalleled success as a player in the 1980s.
Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Strachan helped Aberdeen win every domestic honour in the Scottish game, as well as defeating Real Madrid in Gothenburg to lift the European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1983.
He will be joined on the touchline by his newly-appointed assistant Mark McGhee, a man who played up front in that same famous Dons team and who also managed the Reds during an ill-fated spell in the late noughties.
Estonia, of course, also hold a place in Scottish football folklore.
They were the opposition during the famous ‘One team in Tallinn’ match in 1996, when a World Cup qualifying game was abandoned after just three seconds when the home side failed to turn up in time for kick-off.
And one more thing about Estonia will be familiar to Scottish football fans – Motherwell star Henrik Ojamaa is likely to start up front for Tarmo Ruutli’s side.
With such a fascinating and complicated back-story, it is little wonder that the actual match has taken second billing to all the side issues in the build-up to Wednesday night’s kick-off.
But a quick look at the stats shows that Scotland should give their new management team a winning start.
The Scots have never lost to the former Soviet side, winning two and drawing one of their previous three meetings (the replay for the abandoned match in 1996 ended in a 0-0 draw in Monaco, much to the chagrin of Scotland, who felt they should have been awarded three points).
The last meeting between the sides came in a friendly in 2004, when a solitary goal by James McFadden was enough to give the Scots victory at Le Coq Arena.
Unlike former manager Craig Levein, Strachan is a popular choice with the fans and will probably never be more revered anywhere than he is in Aberdeen, so a good atmosphere should help steer the Scots to another victory.
Bwin are offering odds of 57/100 on a home win, meaning that new customers who register online and use their free £20 bet to back this outcome stand to win £31.40 if successful.
The visitors are 9/2 to poop the party with a first-ever win over the Dark Blues, while the draw is on offer at 3/1 – but this particular punter will be making a patriotic play on Strachan ushering in the new era with the best possible result.