CHERRIES winger Ryan Fraser hailed the impact of Scotland manager Steve Clarke after their 2-1 home win over Cyprus.

Oliver Burke’s 89th-minute winner earned Clarke victory in his first game in charge at Hampden Park – a Euro 2020 qualifier in which Fraser played 90 minutes.

And the 25-year-old, now playing under his fourth Scotland manager at senior level, was happy with the creative licence given to him by the new international boss.

He told the Glasgow Evening Times: “The gaffer here has started with a foundation of being hard to beat, and I agree, we’ve been too easy to beat.

“But he’s not one of those managers who just focuses on defence. He says ‘right, you six do your stuff’, he’ll run through the gameplan of where we can exploit people.

“He’s made an impact on all the players. I’m not going to lie, I’m an attacker, but in football these days you do have to know how to defend.

“As long as you work hard for the team then you know he will give you the licence to go forward and do your stuff."

Scotland make the trip to take on Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday (7.45pm).