They were in Ireland's qualifying group for Euro 2016
Scotland have claimed a fine win in their opening World Cup qualifier.
Gordon Strachan's side triumphed 5-1 away to nine-man Malta.
Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass got a hat-trick, while Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher also netted goals.
Scotland, who missed out on Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in a group including Ireland, share a group with an England side who needed a late Adam Lallana goal to overcome Slovakia.
The Slovakian side and Slovenia, as well as Lithuania and Malta round out Group F with one side qualifying automatically and the second team going into the playoffs.
Northern Ireland made a decent start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Euro 2016 knockout stage qualifiers drew 0-0 with the Czech Republic in Prague.
Their group is led by Germany who defeated Norway 3-0 away.