Steve Clarke is convinced Lyndon Dykes will make Scotland better

Australian-born striker opts for country of his parents

Lyndon Dykes in action for new club Queens Park Rangers. Picture: James Chance/Getty Images
Lyndon Dykes in action for new club Queens Park Rangers. Picture: James Chance/Getty Images

Steve Clarke believes the addition of Lyndon Dykes to the national set-up can “make the squad better” but the Scotland manager insists he did not offer any guarantees to the Australian-born striker to convince him to pledge himself to the country of his parents.

Dykes’ decision to opt for Scotland has earned the player a call-up for next month’s Nations League double header games against Israel and the Czech Republic.

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Clarke revealed that he first contacted the striker six months ago ahead of the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, also against Israel. However, the match in March was postponed owing to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“It was no big process – when the [play-off] games were originally scheduled I had two or three phone calls with Lyndon,” Clarke said. “I was really honest with him and to be fair he was really honest with me. It was a really tough decision for the lad to make. Thankfully he came down on our side.

“I didn’t make him any big promises but I told him what I saw in the squad and what I saw for him. His attributes can help us and make the squad better.”

Dykes, who made a £2 million move to Queens Park Rangers from Livingston last week, was born in Gold Coast but his parents are both from Dumfries.

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