Scotland star Chris Paterson has described Ireland as one of the best sides in world rugby - and has warned his team-mates Saturday's opponents are much more than a two-man team.
The Irish will be without injured centres Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy, who are being tipped as a possible Lions midfield partnership for the tour of New Zealand this summer.
Scotland therefore appear to have a much-improved chance against the visitors at Murrayfield of building on last weekend's heartening RBS 6 Nations Championship performance in France.
Even so, Paterson knows there is more to the Irish than their first-choice centre pairing.
"Individual players have to be given a platform from their team-mates," said the experienced Edinburgh man.
"The attention is always going to be on Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy - and they are wonderful players.
"But the Ireland team are also strong and hard-working from front to back and have five big ball-carriers in the back row. They are also very strong at half-back.
"Their individual players are capable of doing anything and something special, but they are very well-balanced side too.
"I thoroughly enjoy the way Ireland play. They have been pretty exciting in the last two or three seasons and they are one of the best teams in the world at this minute.
"They have got power and are well-organised, and it's going to be another tough game without a shadow of a doubt."
The versatile Paterson does not expect Ireland to be thrown off course by the question marks which have surrounded the fitness of O'Driscoll and D'Arcy and have been answered in the negative over the past 24 hours.
"Any uncertainty wouldn't affect their preparation at all," he said.
"Everybody will know what they're doing. They have so much strength in depth and they have the talent to come in and be equally as dangerous."
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