Kilmarnock goal hero Adam Frizzell is hoping that some of Jose Mourinho’s magic can rub off on the Rugby Park side after the appointment of former Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke as boss.

Frizzell, who rifled in a peach of a goal to claim Kilmarnock’s second in a vital 2-0 win over Partick Thistle on Saturday, is excited at the prospect of working under his new gaffer.

And he says that is a real feather in the cap of the club to have attracted a manager of such calibre.

“It is a real coup,” Frizzell said. “The new boss has worked under guys like Jose Mourinho down in England. I hope Mourinho will make an appearance at Kilmarnock at some point. But it will be a great learning experience.

‘We’ve heard a lot about the new boss and I am looking forward to getting to know him and learning from him and hopefully kicking up the table.

‘We knew we were not far away. We just needed to work a bit harder and it would turn. The new gaffer being here today gave us an incentive to win the game and kick start our season.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of a new chapter under the gaffer.

“He was watching from the stands on Saturday and that gave the boys a lift. I think the difference was we put our foot on the ball a bit more and played a bit more football than we had been doing. We are happy with the win.

“The new boss came in before the game to wish us well. We all felt we had a point to prove and we did that”.

Frizzell’s goal that killed the game as a contest was a sight to behold, picking up the ball 25 yards from goal and firing a shot that crashed into the top of Tomas Cerny’s net via the crossbar.

“It’s my best-ever goal,” he said. “Though, I’ve only scored twice! The first was against Motherwell last season but hopefully there are plenty more to come from me. I’ve not hit a ball as good as that in a while.”

19-year-old Frizzell is hoping that the best is yet to come from both himself and his team.

The midfielder has listened to all the talk of genetics in the past week with interest after being let go by Rangers as a kid for being too small, but he thinks that hard work is the key to overcoming the odds.

“I was deflated when I got let go by Rangers for being too small,” he said. “I thought it was the end of the world. Ever since I could walk it was football, football, football. I was always wanting to get back into the game.

‘You need to level it up by making your core stronger and making it a level playing field."