Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou will not let the World Cup squad announcements affect his own squad for the last two Scottish Premiership games before the break.
Aaron Mooy has been named in the Australian roster to join Japanese forward Daizen Maeda in the confirmation for the tournament in Qatar, while Reo Hatate, Kyogo Furuhashi and Danish U21 international Matt O’Riley have missed out.
US defender Cameron Carter-Vickers awaits news of his fate, while Josip Juranovic is on a 34-man longlist for the Croatia squad and Jota is in a larger preliminary squad for Portugal.
Postecoglou remains committed to taking the maximum points from Wednesday’s trip to Motherwell and the final game before the break against Ross County.
“Our main focus is still on us and trying to maintain a level of performance and make sure we don’t overload players,” he said.
“For the most part we have done that. There are two or three who have probably played more than others, but for the most part we have rotated the squad with a view to performance. It is no different for these last two games.
“I will pick a team that I think will get the job done for us and give us the best chance of success, and it will be the same on the weekend.
“Obviously you hope the guys who leave come through unscathed, but it’s one of these things in football, you could try to protect players from everything that happens, but it can happen in first practice for their country.
“It’s better that we just do our business as normal as possible. The goal for the players themselves is that they would rather play football and feel good about themselves than not play for a few weeks.”
Mooy is one of the midfielders chosen for former Parkhead hero Tom Rogic, who left it too late to sign for West Brom after his surprise departure from Celtic in the summer.
Rogic missed the cut after just one start for the Baggies, but Mooy has proven his fitness.
“I’m very happy for Aaron,” said former Australia head coach Postecoglou. “I’m sure, especially with his recent form and playing Champions League football, he is as ready as he ever will be for the World Cup, which will be a challenge in itself.
“It’s fantastic for him. Aaron came in really late, missed the whole preseason and hadn’t trained with a team in a long time.
“I think he is in a good space, physically he feels comfortable now and his football has improved as a result.
“The World Cup is exciting for any player to play against the best in the world and hopefully he will come back feeling good about things.
“All of our representatives represent themselves, of course, but also us as a club and it will be great to see them all on the world stage.”
Carter-Vickers will hear on Wednesday whether he will catch the plane to Qatar.
“It would be a dream come true,” said the 24-year-old. “You grew up as a child [wanting] to be part of the World Cup, so to be involved in it would be a special moment.”
The former Tottenham centre-back made three appearances for the US this year after a three-year international hiatus, but injury prevented him from adding his 11 caps in his national team’s final warm-up in September.
The defender does not let the tension and uncertainty get to his heart.
“I’m pretty chilled as a person,” he said. “What will be, will be. That’s how I look at it.”