Former Scotland manager Craig Levein believes QPR striker Lyndon Dykes is key to the way the national team play under head coach Steve Clarke.

Dykes was on the bench for Scotland against Denmark and came on as a sub during the 2-0 defeat. Scotland now sit with five points from four games in World Cup 2022 qualification Group F, the QPR forward having not scored in 11 matches. It’s a contrast to his domestic form, where’s been involved in 14 goals in as many QPR league matches.

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The QPR forward has not netted in 11 national team matches. (Photo by ROBERT PERRY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Levein says the Denmark game showed how crucial Dykes is (BBC): “We have to realise what we are, and in the lead up to the (Euro 2020) qualification there were a lot of games where we crossed the ball a lot. And our switches of play were good; we had developed the situation with (Kieran) Tierney and (Andy) Robertson down the left.

“That was a threat. Any time we’ve done well under Steve Clarke this is what we’ve been doing. We’ve been getting the ball wide, throwing balls in the box and competing. But we need someone in the middle to head the ball. And we also need somebody who, when our defenders are stuck, they can go long to.

 

“So, I would suggest that Dykes is quite an important player for us. The second half doesn’t change the result and the disappointment, but it’ll allow Steve Clarke to talk with some positivity about how things improved.”

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