A player heavily linked with Rangers in January and previosly described as “almost on the same level” as Ibrox star Alfredo Morelos has been praised by Scottish Sun pundit Mark Wilson.
Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes has enjoyed a superb breakout season this term, turning in a number of impressive displays for the Doonhammers and claiming 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
The 24-year-old signed for Livingston in January 2019 before heading back to Queen of the South on loan, and Livi’s patience has paid off this season.
The Scottish Sun reported back in January that Rangers were interested in Dykes as an alternative to eventual loan signing Florian Kamberi.
In February, after Steven Gerrard’s charges ran out 1-0 winners over Livi, Ibrox ace Nikola Katic told the Daily Record: “When you play against a striker like Dykes it’s always tough too because he is really good.
“He’s almost on the same level as Alfredo and I think he will become a really top player, it is always hard to play against him.”
With Scottish football currently suspended, Wilson and Alex Rae reflected on the season so far and named their standout players for each Scottish Premiership side.
“I think for obvious reasons he’s been a breath of fresh air this year,” Wilson wrote in the Scottish Sun.
“He’s showed how much of a handful he can be against Celtic and Rangers, he’s scored some important goals for Livi and he’s got so much more to his game than just goals.”
While Rangers’ reported January interest in Dykes didn’t come to fruition in the end, Ibrox legend Ally McCoist expressed surprise that Gerrard and co didn’t snap up the player.
“Am I surprised more teams didn’t try and get him in January? Very surprised. In fact to be honest with you I’m really surprised my old team Rangers didn’t go for him. I think he’s a real handful, but I think he probably epitomises the Livingston team.”
Given Morelos’ future at Ibrox remains uncertain, Rangers should certainly start monitoring Dykes once again, given his continued impressive form for the Premiership’s fifth-placed side and the continued plaudits coming his way.