Livingston star Lyndon Dykes admits ‘frustration’ after coronavirus outbreak derails Scotland and Australia international hopes


LYNDON DYKES admits he was left ‘frustrated’ after the coronavirus outbreak scuppered his hopes of an international debut.

Both Australia, where Dykes hails from, and Scotland, the country of his parents’ birth, were courting Dykes following a sensational debut season for the Lions.

Socceroos gaffer Graham Arnold was understood to be ready to hand the 24-year-old a maiden call-up for March’s World Cup qualifiers against Kuwait and Nepal before they were cancelled.

That could have afforded him a springboard to the Copa America, which was scheduled for this summer but will now take place in 2021.

Dykes has also caught the eye of Scotland boss Steve Clarke, giving him a welcome dilemma, and he is understandably leaving his options open.

However, his international dreams are on hold for the moment and, while he fully accepts that football is not a priority, the timing was tough to take.

He said: “We stopped football just before the international break so it is frustrating that I could have been picked for a country already.

“But that is just one of those things that no-one can do anything about. This virus is crazy and the health of people needs to come first.

“Football will come back eventually and if I keep doing what I was doing, then hopefully I’ll get another chance.”