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PREMIERSHIP REWIND: LIVI BOSS HOLT PUSHES AUSSIE DYKE’S SCOTTISH CLAIMS

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LIVINGSTON boss Gary Holt is pushing his Australian-born striker Lyndon Dykes’ international ambitions – for Scotland.

The 24-year-old frontman was watched by Steve Clarke in his side’s historic 2-0 victory over Celtic at the Tony Macaroni Arena in an eventful encounter yesterday.

Holt saw his player dish out a torrid time to Hoops’ defensive duo Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer and also claim the killer second goal as the club defeated the eight-in-a-row champions for the first time in 24 attempts.

The Livi coach, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I was championing his case for Australia until I knew this morning that he was eligible for Scotland.

“I think he can step up, not a problem. I believe he’s shown the qualities that he’s got and it refreshing to see that he doesn’t care who he’s playing against.

“He could be playing with his pals or he could be out there on live TV and he doesn’t care. He puts a shift in and wants to score goals. He wants to make it uncomfortable for defenders and wants them to know that they’ve been in a game.”

IT TAKES TWO…Lyndon Dykes is about to challenge Kristoffer Ajer.

Holt added: “He just wants his chance. I’ve told him if he keeps his head down and keeps working hard then he’ll get his opportunity. I’ll be championing his cause for Scotland now that I know his parents are Scottish.

“He’s come up the hard way. He’s come over from Australia, done well and worked hard at Queen of the South and now he’s progressed. Can he go beyond that? That’s the question.”

Dykes revealed he would  veer towards the land of his birth if both countries were interested.

He remarked: “I grew up in Australia, so it’s probably Australia if both of them came.

“But if Australia didn’t and Scotland did, then, obviously, I’d like to play for Scotland, but I’d need to see if I ever got that opportunity.

“My parents are from Dumfries and I’ve got all my family in Scotland, so I’ve got the Scottish blood.”

Dykes has had an interesting couple of confrontations with Glasgow’s Big Two in this campaign.

He was red-carded at Ibrox as his side lost 3-1 to Rangers while it was smiles all the way against Neil Lennon’s men yesterday.

The strapping Aussie was a constant menace throughout with his powerful running and ability in the air. Plus he took his goal with a fair degree of aplomb as he lofted a bouncing ball with precision over the head of Fraser Forster.

There was no way back for 10-man Celtic after that blow.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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