Glasgow Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has talked up reported Ibrox target Lyndon Dykes amid links with Neil Lennon’s Celtic, saying he’d “definitely bring something different” to Steven Gerrard’s side.
According to a report in the Daily Mail from June, Rangers and Celtic, plus a number of English Championship sides, are showing interest in the Livingston striker, said to be valued at £2million.
Indeed, STV reported on Friday that English second-tier side Barnsley had made a £1million bid for Dykes, which was rejected.
Dykes enjoyed a superb breakout season in 2019-20, turning in a number of impressive displays for the Doonhammers and claiming 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
Speculation linking Dykes with Rangers increased after the striker unveiled a blue haircut on social media in June.
This was rubbished by club colleague Marvin Bartley, however, who said it was just a case of the 24-year-old’s “live-wire” personality.
“I read about it being a ‘come and get me plea’ to Rangers but he’s just bored, like the rest of us, and is too much of a live-wire for his own good,'” Bartley is quoted by the Daily Record as saying.
With plenty of reported interest in Dykes from both sides of the border, Ferguson has suggested that the 6ft 2in giant would be a decent addition for Rangers.
“I wonder if (Gerrard) will look to bring in a different type of frontman, with Defoe and Alfredo Morelos more the wiry and low centre of gravity types?” he wrote in the Daily Record.
“Lyndon Dykes has been mentioned and he would definitely bring something different. Yes, he can be an aerial threat, but he isn’t bad with the ball at his feet either.
“The style Steven plays is totally his prerogative but sometimes in this game it pays to have Plans B and C and Dykes may just offer something they don’t already boast in attack.”
Rangers and Celtic boast the two best strikers in the league in Alfredo Morelos and Odsonne Edouard but there is always need for cover, as shown by the Jermain Defoe injury, and that’s before contemplating any potential departures.
Dykes, a tall target man with raw power, aggression, a superb engine and a proven goalscoring record in Scotland, would definitely be a good option for either club – and he’s reported to cost a relatively modest £2million.
Billy Dodds told the Scottish Sun that he’d be “the perfect buy for Rangers and the type of player that Gerrard is going to need if he is to stop Celtic” – but with the Hoops reportedly expressing an interest in him too, plus numerous sides from England, it won’t be easy.