Kris Commons has hailed Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes following his performance against Celtic, explaining how he thinks he managed to rattle the Hoops defence.
Livi ran out with a remarkable 2-0 win over Celtic, with goals from Scott Robinson and Dykes sealing a first ever win over the Parkhead side for Gary Holt’s men.
Commons believes Dykes’ physicality was enough to unnerve the Celtic defence.
Speaking on Sky Sports Football (14:07, 06/10/19), Commons said: “He ran into areas which centre-half’s didn’t want to do. It’s not just his positional sense, he was very cute and clever with his runs.
“I thought he put the centre-half’s under immense pressure. I thought he did the nasty side of it, he almost put Christopher Julien in the dugout, I like that from a centre-forward.
“When you’re leading the line on your own you need to be physical, you need to be athletic, you need to be quick. He’s got all of those.”
Dykes bullied Celtic into submission
A doubt before the game, Dykes’ presence up top was felt by everyone inside the ‘Spaghettihad’, most notably by Hoops defenders Julien and Kristoffer Ajer.
The forward was a menace, constantly pressing and harrying the Hoops backline. They didn’t present him with many clear chances, but when they did, Dykes capitalised.
He ran in behind off the back of a long kick up the park by Matija Sarkic, lobbing towering figure Fraser Forster with ease, sealing Livi’s shock win.
Celtic couldn’t handle them and eventually Dykes pressed them into submission. His goal was a just reward for what was an excellent display against the Hoops who have been left reeling following Livi’s success.