Livingston Forward Talks Up Potential Switch To Rangers: Should Gerrard Bring Him To The Ibrox?

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29th January 2019, Palmerston Park, Dumfries, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, 4th round replay, Queen of the South versus Dundee; Lyndon Dykes of Queen of the South and Cammy Kerr of Dundee PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxSWExNORxDENxFINxONLY ActionPlus12100932 DavidxYoung

According to a recent interview conducted by PLZ Soccer, as has been conveyed in one of their tweets, Livingston’s Scottish-Australian striker Lyndon Dykes has refused to rule out the possibility of a summer switch to Rangers but claiming that he believes he’s up for the task. A previous report by the Scottish Daily Mail has clarified that both the Old Firm rivals – Celtic and Rangers, are keen on the striker’s services this summer. It had also been claimed that that the Premiership club would demand in the region of £2m for their prolific striker’s signature in the summer

While the report has clarified that Rangers are interested in Lyndon Dykes, the player’s recent comments will come as a massive boost to Steven Gerrard’s aspirations during the upcoming transfer window. Speaking on the matter, Dykes said, “I don’t see why I couldn’t step into a club like Rangers, obviously they are a massive club in Scotland. I back myself 100 per cent and if I did happen to go anywhere I would do the best I can, learn off the players they have, the manager and once I got in that environment I’d put my head down, work hard and be the striker the club needs or the position the manager needs.”

What Is The Current Strike Situation At Rangers? 

One of the main positions of concerns for Steven Gerrard, going into what could be a very important season in their history, is undoubtedly the centre-forward. The presence of two key names in Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos will certainly soften any blows, but the fact remains that the acquisition of a few alternatives is in order. There is an unwanted number of question marks surrounding the future of the Colombian, while the English veteran’s ripe age will be an issue as well.

If a situation were to arise where the former ended up leaving in the summer, and the latter picked up an unfortunate injury somewhere along the way, Gerrard would find himself in an unforgivingly tight spot. 30-year-old Greg Stewart hasn’t shown nearly enough since arriving at Glasgow to be considered on a regular basis, while winter loan signing Florian Kamberi has now returned to his parent club, with no signs of a return on the horizon just yet. Taking all this into consideration, it would be silly on the Gers’ part to go into the campaign without first purchasing an additional goalscorer.

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Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie saves at the feet of Lyndon Dykes of Livingston during the Scottish Premiership match between Livingston FC and Motherwell FC at The Tony Macaroni Arena in Livingston on 1st February 2020. Livingston v Motherwell PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxBRA

What Makes Lyndon Dykes A Good Option For Rangers? 

The Livingston striker began his career in Australia but has been around the Scottish footballing scene for more than four years. Now well accustomed to the ways of the Premiership, Dykes’ physical prowess could become a massive asset to Gerrard in the upcoming seasons.

The 24-year-old is an excellent finisher of the ball in the final third, as can be seen from his return of nine goals and eight assists this season. A strong header of the ball as well, Dykes would offer a completely different sort of skill-set to anything that Gerrard currently has at his disposal at the Ibrox.

Rangers Are Interested In Lyndon Dykes: Why Gerrard Should Look To Sign Him

The Scot has been a player on the rise for the last couple of seasons now, and his recent comments about the Ibrox club will come as a fairly significant boost. While his overall playing time could end up depending on the form being displayed by Morelos and Defoe next season, the question marks surrounding the former’s position at the club should be perceived as positive news by the Australian-native. The Gers are sure to be eager to challenge Celtic for the title next season, and the addition of a player like Dykes is undoubtedly going to be a step in the right direction.

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