Scotland manager Steve Clarke has taken Lyndon Dykes off penalty duty following his miss against Israel at Hampden on Saturday – but admits the QPR striker will probably ask to take the next one anyway.
Dykes’ saw his effort saved just before the break by Israel keeper Ofir Marciano before he went on to score the second goal in Scotland’s 3-2 win at Hampden and Clarke thinks putting Dykes back in the firing line would put “extra pressure” on him.
With Ché Adams missing tonight’s clash with the Faroes that could secure Scotland’s spot in the World Cup playoffs, Clarke will decide who is on penalties once he’s selected his starting XI tonight.
“I told Dykes after the game that he’s not on the next one,” Clarke said.
“It would put extra pressure on him if he goes on to the next penalty.
“We’ll decide who is depending on the starting line-up.
“No doubt over the weekend, when he’s calmed down a little bit, and I’ve calmed down a bit, he’ll come and ask me to take the next one.”
Scotland have a few different options who could step up and take over spot-kicks to replace Dykes and, hopefully, we find out tonight who Clarke has picked to replace him.
Despite his miss at Hampden, Dykes didn’t let it affect his game and continued to work well for the team before getting on the scoresheet and the big striker probably relishes the chance to get his miss out of his system by stepping up again.
Either way, as long as whoever hits them puts them in the back of the net, it doesn’t matter who Clarke picks.
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