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HOLT BACKS DYKES FOR CALL-UP

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GARY HOLT is backing striker Lyndon Dykes to get an international call-up – with Scotland and Australia monitoring his situation.

The powerhouse Livingston frontman gave £7million Celtic defender Christopher Jullien another torrid confrontation in the clubs’ 2-2 draw in West Lothian in midweek.

Dykes, who scored in his side’s shock 2-0 win over the champions in October, gave the Fenchman the slip to set up Scott Robinson for the second goal.

Livi boss Holt, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I think on his performances and what he has done this season he deserves to be getting called up.

“He was at Queen of the South last season and to take that step up and terrorise defences then it’s only a matter of time before someone comes calling for him.”

Holt also refused to be downbeat after coming within four minutes of completing the double over Neil Lennon’s Parkhead side.

It took a goal in stoppage-time by substitute Tom Rogic to salvage a point for the visitors after Jon Guthrie and Robinson had replied for Livi following Callum McGregor’s opener in the 16th minute.

Holt added: “I’m absolutely buzzing. They are an exceptional side with a never-say-die attitude. They had three talented attacking option to put the pressure on us.

“We had chances in the second-half, so we were disappointed.

“I don’t know what it is about our home record. If you look at most teams in the league their record is good. But I think we enjoy getting written off.”

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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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