Scotland boss explains Ryan Fraser recall after being left furious with Newcastle United star

The Magpies winger is preparing to make his return to the international stage.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke has explained his reasons for handing a recall to Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser.

The former Bournemouth and Aberdeen star was named in Clarke’s squad for upcoming Nations League fixtures against Ukraine and Republic of Ireland.

Fraser has been selected after apologising to the former Newcastle coach for withdrawing from World Cup qualifying fixtures against Denmark and Moldova last year.

The Magpies winger cited a calf injury as the reason behind his decision but left Clarke unimpressed when he returned to training with United just days later.

Speaking at the time, Clarke said: “The situation with Ryan will resolve itself in time. Listen, it is what it is. This is not the time to talk about somebody who is not in the squad.

“We have built a really strong squad.”

Fraser has been absent from Scotland squads for a friendly double header against Poland and Austria in March and remained out of contention for the World Cup play-off with Ukraine and Nations League games against Armenia and Republic of Ireland during the summer.

However, he will now make his return to international duty following the Magpies home game against his former club Bournemouth this weekend - and Clarke has revealed the key reasons behind his recall.

“There is not even a process with Ryan,” explained the former Magpies assistant manager.

“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.”

Fraser will hope to earn his 23rd senior cap when Scotland host Ukraine at Hampden Park next Wednesday night.