Rangers' pursuit of SPFL star takes a twist

Steven Gerrard

Rangers have already wrapped up a number of signings this summer.

The Gers landed Jon McLaughlin from Sunderland on Tuesday evening while Ianis Hagi has also become a permanent arrival after walking through the door from Genk. 

As far as their efforts go to reduce the gap between them and Celtic at the top of the table, the Light Blues are making some important strides.

However, they'll have to keep on top of things in their forward line - an area of the pitch they're yet to strengthen in.

The Glaswegian side have been linked with a move for Liverpool's Rhian Brewster in recent weeks, although it's their pursuit of another attacker that's taken a twist.

Reports a few weeks ago claimed that Celtic and Rangers had made contact with Livingston to sign Lyndon Dykes.

The striker, who has 12 goals this term, has been the subject of interest from a variety of teams in England too, with Middlesbrough, Millwall and Wigan among others attracted by the prospect of signing him.

Gerrard

However, fresh claims reveal that Rangers haven't actually been in contact at all, and are yet to make a bid for the Australian.

Talking to the West Lothian Courier (via Glasgow Live), Livi boss Gary Holt declared:

"There's been nothing concrete for Lyndon, or any of our players for that matter. Nobody has been in touch. We'll have to wait and see what happens but it's been a case of people putting two and two together and getting five."

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After these suggestions, it's hard to tell whether Rangers do actually hold an interest in the player as first suggested.

However, they'd be fools not to, especially with Jermain Defoe ageing and Alfredo Morelos netting just once in the entire of 2020 so far.

Morelos

Dykes is a player who appears to be improving all the time, bagging against Celtic this term as he ran Christopher Jullien ragged earlier this year.

His 12 goals and ten assists in all competitions point to a player who doesn't just find the back of the net, but brings his teammates into play in equal measure.

The Aussie is just 24 years of age and at just £2m, as reported previously, would be a mere snip for Gerrard's men.

The former Liverpool player clearly rates him too. Back in February, the Gers boss had some very choice words for Dykes: 

"They’ve got a forward in-form in Lyndon Dykes who’s having a real good season, who is capable of playing in the air or on the floor, he’s quite dangerous," he said.

Based on that, there's no reason why Gerrard shouldn't be interested.

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