You’d be hard pressed to find a Celtic fan who hasn’t been impressed by Lyndon Dykes when we’ve faced him this season.
The Livingston forward has given Hoops centre-back Christopher Jullien more than a few sleepless nights, and he’s genuinely proved himself to be a cut above the average Premiership striker.
He was at it again on Wednesday night, bullying big Jullien for Livi’s second goal before going close later on with another surging run.
Dykes is going places. You need only read the review given by Australia assistant Rene Meulensteen – who came to Scotland to watch him on Wednesday night.
“We have been following Lyndon for quite a while now,” he told the Scottish Sun.
“We have access to all the footage we want to look at and that’s what we do.
“But it’s always better to see him live and I felt the game against Celtic was the right one as I knew it would be difficult for him.
“Lyndon never stopped running or working and he was a handful for the defenders.
He did really well, his workrate was excellent and he had a few really good moments.”
Dykes has shown up well against Celtic
So it seems like Dykes could be due a call-up from Australia in the coming months.
When that happens, his number of suitors and value will increase. Maybe we should get in before the rush starts.
Let’s look at the facts. Dykes is 24-years-old. This is his first season in the Scottish top-flight.
He’s already registered nine goals with a further three in the cups. You wouldn’t bank against him adding another half dozen before the end of the season.
But more than just the figures, he’s proven to be a player for the big occasion.
He’s shown up in both home matches against us, giving Jullien a hard time like some of Rennes and Lazio’s best players failed to do.
He’s got pace, he’s got power, he can win headers and he can back in. He seems to have the lot to his game.
He’s contracted at Livi for another two seasons after this one (transfermarkt.co.uk) so he won’t be cheap. But he’s unlikely to be too expensive either.
Have we seen enough to take the gamble?