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CLARKE IN DYKES MOVE

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STEVE CLARKE hopes to persuade Lyndon Dykes to choose Scotland over Australia.

The international boss has had talks with the Livingston striker who is on the brink of being called up by the Aussies.

Dykes was born in the Gold Coast, but is eligible to play for Scotland as his parents are from Dumfries.

The Livi hitman now has a massive decision to make and is now currently weighing up his options. In the past, it has looked as though his preference would be to play for the land of his birth.

HAMMER OF THE HOOPS…Lyndon Dykes celebrates his goal in the 2-0 win over Celtic in October – the visiting fans do not share his enthusiasm.

He is keen to play at international level and it will come down to where he feels he will get the best opportunity.

Dykes could even be named in Clarke’s squad next week for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel at Hampden a fortnight tomorrow.

Oz boss Graham Arnold thought he had convinced the powerhouse hitman to play for his homeland and was ready to call him up for this month’s World Cup qualifiers with Kuwait and away to Nepal, but they have now been cancelled because of the threat of coronavirus.

He sent his assistant Rene Meulensteen to watch the 24-year-old and hold talks with him after last week’s 2-2 draw with Celtic.

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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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