At last, the sheer joy of a Caledonia Swing.
With the Old Firm clubs currently coping with the international break, for once it seems that we can take a breath from the intensity of the Premiership. Even some of the players themselves clearly welcome the release.
There is nothing quite like the success of a national side to galvanise a country — especially one where the Glasgow giants hold disproportionate sway over the rest of the clubs in Scotland.
The Scots have sketched the proverbial ‘snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’ into worthless art form for the last 22 years, and it has been a real source of embarrassment that the country which invented the beautiful game (and instigators of the oldest rivalry in international football) last featured in a major tournament in France 1998.
A whole generation of fans have never experienced the heady days of communal delights, where life’s mundane tasks grind to a halt, allowing for the more important business of football.
It is now the turn of Steve Clarke’s men to enjoy days in the sunshine; the kind of earthly delights Northern Ireland feasted on in France four years ago.
While ploughing through the barren years of Scotland’s trough of underachievement, it was too simplistic for supporters of Rangers and Celtic to dismiss the importance of international fare; many of whom regarded windows as proper irritations during hectic struggles for silverware.
But the boost from Belgrade this week has made Europe stand up and take notice of a country in dire need to extricate itself from a regular, parochial mindset.
Rangers, under Steven Gerrard, may have a remarkable record in the Europa League, for instance, but inevitably, considering the crosshairs of major club rivalry, the feel-good factor of such exploits is never going to be harvested across the nation.
Ironically, it is another sense of relief to see how Old Firm players currently thrive together as Scotland finally march forward.
Ryan Jack, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie are all due massive credit for their efforts of late. Internationals have never been a barely tolerated interlude for these guys. Scotland are where they are right now in large part to their mutual understanding.
Jack and McGregor, for example, have developed a superb midfield partnership as enforcer and energiser respectively. Every nation needs an unsung hero — and in Scotland’s case, Jack fits Clarke’s mould perfectly.
McGregor, meanwhile, kept the engine probing, as he has done so successfully for Celtic, where former boss Brendan Rodgers took responsibility for his development.
Finally, the next time someone blithely dismisses the significance of modern international football, usher them to the post-match interview by Christie in Belgrade. High on emotion, while back home a country — from the outposts of Orkney to the earthiness of Clydeside — was high on life.
Credit must also go to Gerrard and Neil Lennon for their obvious enthusiasm regarding Scotland’s elevation under a pragmatic Clarke. Both the Rangers and Celtic managers understand their players’ desire to play for their country.
Co-operation between clubs and an international manager? Friends across the Old Firm divide? Time to tell new stories and sing new songs.