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Former Cheltenham Town defender emerges as shock rival to Championship club top scorer with Rangers and Celtic links

Rob Dickie has admitted that he doesn’t want to beat Bristol City teammate Tommy Conway to the club’s leading scorer award this season.

Following the defender’s winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Swansea City, Dickie is now on five Championship goals this term – just two behind Conway who’s on seven in the league.

With nine league matches left this season, the ex-Cheltenham Town and Queens Park Rangers man will be quietly confident he can add to his already impressive tally.

“I’m catching him, I’m catching him,” Dickie joked after the Swansea victory.

“I hope I don’t though, he’s a great finisher, we need to create more chances for him really, but we’ll see, maybe I need to get on penalties.”

The centre-back’s goals have proved crucial for Bristol City this term and three of his five strikes have come in 1-0 victories.

Without Dickie’s input, Liam Manning’s side would be nine points worse off, which would place them above the relegation places solely on goal difference.

“I like to think I’m a bit of a threat on the box, thankfully when we’re working with Pat (Mountain) who does our attacking set pieces, I work well with him,” Dickie added.

“It’s not that the set piece revolves around me but I get lots of opportunities from corners because we work them well and he does a lot of work with us so it’s nice to repay him as well and I’m happy with the goal.”

Dickie is no stranger to scoring goals at Championship level, during his time at QPR, the Gloucestershire-born defender netted eight goals and provided two assists in 129 matches. Additionally, he recorded an impressive 10 goal contributions in just 54 appearances for Cheltenham.

Unsurprisingly, the bulk of Dickie’s goals for Bristol City have come via his head, whereas he made a name for himself as a tidy finisher with his feet in the past.

“That was when I was playing in a back five and advancing forward a bit more on the right,” he explained.

“It’s harder to get further forward with the ball at my feet but I’ll take any goal, set-piece goals are fine by me.”

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