Gordon Strachan's side have no chance of making the finals in Brazil next summer ahead of the final game of a campaign which never got up and running after a poor start under previous boss Craig Levein.
There is renewed optimism around the Scots' camp following the 2-1 win over Macedonia in Skopje in their last game and the 1-0 victory over Croatia in June, an optimism that has withstood defeats to England and Belgium in between.
Nevertheless, fourth-seeded Scotland lie in fifth place, one point behind Wales and one head of Macedonia, as they look for their first competitive win in front of their own fans for two years.
Asked if Scotland's placing was representative of their abilities, the Celtic captain said: "Not in the slightest.
"It has been a hard group for us and we have not done ourselves justice.
"It has not been the best campaign overall but the last four or five results have proved that we are going places.
"It has been a long time since we had a home win so it would be good to get one under the belt.
"We have to play to our strengths and show what we can do.
"The main thing is, we are creating chances and we will get there eventually.
"The away games have been good, so hopefully we can start to do that at home."