Steven Naismith: 'Gordon Strachan has given us more freedom'

Steven Naismith of Scotland in action during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match between Scotland and Croatia at Hampden Park on October 15, 2013
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Scotland striker Steven Naismith believes that the team's improved form is down to them being afforded more freedom by manager Gordon Strachan.

Scotland striker Steven Naismith has claimed that his side's improved recent form is down to the freedom afforded to them by manager Gordon Strachan.

The Tartan Army missed out on World Cup qualification but raised hopes of being able to reach the European Championships in 2016 with a strong end to their campaign.

Strachan's side have now won four and drawn one of their last five matches, including a surprise 2-0 win over Croatia in October, and Naismith believes that a subtle change of tactics is the reason behind the results.

"The manager has given us the freedom to go and play when we've got the ball rather than worrying about the opponents and what they're going to do," he is quoted as saying by PA.

"We know what we need to do defensively but when we have the ball players are changing positions and making runs more now. That creates opportunities and we're creating more chances."

Scotland will look to extend their unbeaten run to six games when they face Nigeria at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan faces the media during a press conference at Sopwell House on August 13, 2013
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