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Lyndon Dykes starts for Scotland in clash with Republic of Ireland

Steve Clarke had named his side for the Nations League showdown at Hampden.

Lyndon Dykes starts for Scotland in Nations League clash with Republic of Ireland SNS Group

Lyndon Dykes has been given the nod to start for Scotland as Steve Clarke revealed his side to face Republic of Ireland.

Dykes scored two headers in the 3-0 win over Ukraine on Wednesday and he is one of two changes to the starting line-up for the game at Hampden.

Aaron Hickey, who came off the bench to replace injured Nathan Patterson in midweek, also comes into the starting 11.

The team is otherwise unchanged after an impressive performance saw the team give their promotion hopes a huge lift with three points from the first game of the triple-header.

A win over Ireland would put Scotland back at the top of group B1 after Ukraine jumped into pole position with a 5-0 win in Armenia earlier on Saturday.

Craig Gordon starts in goal for Scotland, with a back four of Kieran Tierney, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry and Hickey in front of the Hearts captain.

Callum McGregor, John McGinn and Scott McTominay are in midfield, with Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Christie in the positions wide of central striker Dykes.