Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his players should relish the opportunity to take on the might of Italy and France.
Scotland will look to keep up their recent good form against Antonio Conte's Italy side on Sunday in Malta.
Steven Naismith says Scotland's role as Euro 2016 "warm-up act" has increased the pain of their failure to qualify.
Mark McGhee says Barrie McKay's Scotland debut prospects are not damaged by the injury to Rangers team-mate Lee Wallace.
Rangers captain Lee Wallace is among three players to have pulled out of the Scotland squad.
Callum Paterson says he is committed to Scotland as he looks to end the season with his full international debut.