RYAN Fraser’s first strike for Scotland's under-21s has whetted the winger’s appetite for a call-up to the senior squad – as well as more goals for Cherries.
The Wee Man’s close range finish from Stuart Armstrong’s set-up helped the Scots to a 2-2 draw with Hungary in front of more than 4,500 spectators at Dundee United’s Tannadice on Wednesday night.
But while the fleet-footed 20-year-old admitted he was “in a world of his own” when he scored, he insisted the moment had not eclipsed his first Cherries goal against Blackburn Rovers in September – also his first professional effort.
And after finding the net from a more central role for Billy Stark’s side, Fraser reckons it is about time he added to his Cherries tally, particularly after missing opportunities to net against Doncaster last weekend.
On his midweek exploits, Fraser told the Daily Echo: “To be fair, when I hit it I felt like I had scuffed it but that helped me because it went over the goalkeeper.
“Normally I would miss those so it was great!
“I was ecstatic and in a world of own when I scored. I was buzzing and all kinds of emotions went through my mind.
“It was friendly so I didn’t know how to celebrate, whether it was right to go diving on my knees and stuff so I just went and thanked my team-mate because if it hadn't been for him I wouldn’t have scored.
“I hadn’t played a striker’s role for about four years but I was told the day before the game that I would be up there and managed to take my chance.
“Looking at it, I felt I did well and it was nice to get that first one for the under-21s. Hopefully, I’m not too far away from a call-up for the first team.”
Asked which had been his most important goal of the campaign, Fraser continued: “My first here, definitely.
“I hadn’t scored a professional goal before so to get off and running and follow up with another one the next week was good.
“Recently, I have got into good positions and I missed three one-on-ones against Doncaster where I should have scored. I know I need to start chipping in with more goals.
“In training, I’m normally quite a good finisher and it’s not the pressure because I don’t really feel it too much when I’m out there. I’m sure with more experience that side of my game will come along.”