Norway clinched second place in qualifying Group 9 after a dominant victory over FYR Macedonia in Oslo, but may fall short of a play-off berth.
England and Serbia will have the chance to reach South Africa 2010 in midweek, while Denmark, Slovakia and Spain could also secure qualification.
Scotland cannot afford to take the already-qualified Netherlands lightly in their final Group 9 qualifier on 9 September, according to key midfielder Darren Fletcher.
Sweden gave some much-needed impetus to their qualification hopes with a win over Hungary, while France could only draw with Romania at home.
George Burley praised the Scotland team and country's fans for playing their part in the vital 2-0 qualifying win over FYR Macedonia at Hampden.
Scott Brown and James McFadden were on target as Scotland beat FYR Macedonia 2-0 to move into the driving seat to finish as Group 9 runners-up.