Dykes gives Scotland goals and more

Scotland's Lyndon Dykes celebrates making it 1-0 during a FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Faroe Islands and Scotland at Torsvollur, on October 12, 2021, in Torshavn, Faroe Islands.

Steve Clarke is delighted Lyndon Dykes opted to represent Scotland after the Australian-born striker scored a crucial late World Cup qualifying winner against the Faroe Islands.

It had been a struggle for the Scots in Torshavn until the QPR forward, born on the Gold Coast to Scottish parents who pledged his allegiance to the dark blue, scored in the 86th minute from a Nathan Patterson cross to take the Scots to within three points of a World Cup play-off spot.

Dykes became the first player to score in four successive international games for Scotland since Colin Stein in 1969 and the first Scotland player to score in four consecutive international appearances in 26 years - the last was Scott Booth between 1994-95.

Scotland face Group F bottom side Moldova away next month - without Dykes who is suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards - and then Denmark, who have already qualified for Qatar 2022, at home in the final game.

"He made a good choice, didn't he, coming to play for us. I am pleased for Lyndon," Scotland manager Clarke said when asked about Dykes' contribution.

Scotland's forward Lyndon Dykes (C-R) is celebrated by teammates for scoring the 1-0 goal during the football match between Faroe Islands and Scotland, in the Torsvollur stadium in Torshavn, Faroe Islands, on October 12, 2021.

"I know what I get from Lyndon, I know what he brings the team.

"Sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves but this run of games, the goals he has scored and the important points he is winning us is just part of the whole set-up, everyone wants to be successful and Lyndon is a big part of that.

"It was an important goal for us, no doubt about it. He is attacking that near post space well."

"It wasn't dissimilar to the goal he got on Saturday (against Israel) when he got across the first defender and got the contact and went in.

"I was a bit nervous waiting on the VAR but thankfully it fell on our side again."

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