Ryan Fraser didn’t start for Scotland in last night’s Nations League match against Ukraine at Hamden Park. The 28-year-old made his mark as a second-half substitute in his return to international duty.
Ryan came on in the 76th minute for Stuart Armstrong with Scotland having gone up 1-0 minutes before through John McGinn. Fraser grabbed two assists on goals by fellow substitute Lyndon Dykes in the 3-0 win.
Both of the assists came from corners which Fraser provided for Dykes to head into the back of the net. Ryan’s assists can be seen at 2:13 and 2:28 in the video below.
Fraser was recalled by Scotland manager Steve Clarke after almost a year. The winger pulled out of World Cup qualifiers last November citing an injury but was involved in training with Newcastle under newly appointed Eddie Howe a few days later.
Clarke said the following about Ryan’s recall:
“There is not even a process with Ryan.
“I think it was in March, when he missed the two friendly matches, we had a chat.
“Ryan wasn’t playing for Newcastle at the time, and I said at the time when he’s available and playing for Newcastle he’s definitely one we have to consider for selection.
“That’s why he’s in the squad this time because he’s fit, available and playing well for Newcastle.”
Scotland were able to get a bit of revenge on Ukraine, who knocked them out of World Cup contention this summer in the playoffs. Newcastle target Mykhaylo Mudryk started last night’s match but was substituted in the 84th minute. Another target Viktor Tsyhankov came on in the 68th minute.
Unfortunately, Everton’s young right-back Nathan Patterson picked up a nasty ankle injury. The 20-year-old has been excellent for the Toffees this season but looks set for a spell on the sidelines as Clarke admitted the injury ‘doesn’t look good’.