Cue Scotland to show the way.
Withdraw from qualifying full stop? No that would just annoy Fifa and could lead to sanctions being imposed upon Scotland come the next attempt at glorious failure.
Chuck said qualifying process instead? Brilliant. That'll show both Fifa and Russia that alleged corruption cannot be allowed to win the day.
Sadly the above is nonsense.
We are apparently trying to qualify for this event - bribery scandal or not - but it looks like were are doing our best to be the first nation from Europe who will fail to book a cruise down the Volga.
Despite the opening win against Malta, a dire bore-draw at home to Lithuania and an even worse display away to Slovakia who strolled past us in a 3-0 win have effectively torpedoed our campaign.
This will be manager Gordon Strachan's second attempt to qualify for a major tournament and it looks increasingly like a successive failure as well.
Had Scotland laid siege to Lithuania's goal only to be denied by an inspired goalie who saved shot after shot or had gone toe-to-toe with the Slovaks and lost a five or seven goal thriller, then fans could accept the usual hard luck story.
But that hasn't been the case. Scotland were lethargic against Lithuania and needed a late equaliser to salvage a point and mask over the 80-odd minutes of plodding labour that the players had treated the Hampden crowd to.
Against the Slovaks, despite the urgency of a better display and a victory to go with it being high on the agenda, damage limitation seemed to be the mantra as Scotland came out like the boxer who has been told that he'll get knocked around a bit but will be OK in a fortnight.
The famous Scottish fighting spirit was left behind at the cuddly toy stall at Glasgow airport and the team duly got battered.
Talented though the Slovaks are, this crop are not a patch on their fellow countrymen who provided the bulk of the former Czechoslovakia's European Championship winning team of 1976.
Strachan's tactics and selection policy has had many a fan scratching their bunnets.
His obsession of playing Chris Martin - who struggles to get in amongst the goals for his club - while leaving Leigh Griffiths on the bench - who scores goals for fun at Celtic - would even confuse a guy who could do a Rubik's cube in three seconds.
The somewhat agricultural tactics he has sent the team out with puzzle many who have had the misfortune to watch their attempted execution.
Was this manager really one of the most skillful players ever to put on a Scotland shirt?
Now that he's tracksuited up and giving out the commands, it appears that he wants to renounce the skill that first endeared him to the fans.
Admittedly he wasn't particularly lucky with the draw when trying to qualify for Euro 2016.
While other less educated scribes and pundits may ridicule Ireland and Poland, they both joined our other group opponents Germany in France earlier this summer and did rather well.
And if Ireland and Poland are supposedly "average sides" according to the (ahem) experts of the fourth estate then Scotland - who finished below them - give mediocrity a bad name.
And now Strachan's low standards have crossed over into this round of qualifying.
Not a good place to be when the Auld Enemy that is England are your next opponents.
When Scotland v England used to be an annual affair, there was a saying amongst Scotland fans that all ills bestowed upon the team in other games would not matter a jot as long as England were beaten.
Many - including the great Jock Stein himself - saw this way of thinking as being detrimental to any ambitions on the international stage that Scotland actually had.
But this fixture, for now, provides a last chance for the Scotland manager.
Strachan may be able to gee up his players for a local derby and if we do win at Wembley next month, it is hoped that it may galvanise both him and the team to revive their campaign and qualify for the World Cup.
Should England be beaten and we fail to be in a position to ask the Russian consulate for a few visas come summer 2018, then his days should be numbered.
The outstanding display of Scotland's women's team who have recently qualified for next year's European Championships shows that good coaching and application can result in you punching above your weight.
Something the men - and Strachan especially - should aspire to.
Otherwise quit wasting our time Gordon.