Livingston have moved to sign a striker as speculation persists around star forward Lyndon Dykes and a move to Rangers.
Whilst there is no official suggestion that the signature of ex-Queens Park forward Salim Kouider-Aissa is priming Dykes for the exit, it would certainly soften the blow.
Salim Kouider-Aissa was playing junior football for Kilsyth Rangers little over a year ago and it has been a meteoric rise to the Premiership for the 24-year-old.
🆕| Livingston FC is pleased to announced the signing of 24-year-old striker Salim Kouider-Aissa on a two-year-deal (with the option of a third).
We’ll have an exclusive interview with Salim on #LFCLive later today.
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) July 13, 2020
Rangers have been routinely linked to striker Lyndon Dykes over the last year with the most recent coming as early as July.
Speaking to the Herald, Livi boss Gary Holt said he wouldn’t stand in Dykes’ way if the Ibrox club did come-a-knocking but the deal would have to be right for all parties.
“We wouldn’t stand in Lyndon’s way if the right offer came in,” explained Holt.
“I’m not going to dig my heels in and stop him because we want to keep him. If the right offer comes in and it’s beneficial to everybody then it’ll be as simple as that.
“I’d be loathe to halt a boys’ career by digging my heels in for a couple more pounds.
“If the deal is right and acceptable to the club, first and foremost, then everyone at this club is able to move on when the time is right.”
Dykes, 24, also dyed his hair blue in June, naturally sparking rumours he was either Ibrox bound or planting a flag on where the big Aussie would like to move next.
Dykes’ form at Livingston – 12 goals and 10 assists in 33 games last season – has not gone unnoticed by Scotland boss Steve Clarke, who remains hopeful of securing the big striker’s services for the national team.
Steven Gerrard too has been complimentary of the forward in the past, calling him “quite dangerous” ahead of a match against the Lions in February.
Rangers defender Niko Katic also described Dykes as a “top player” last season, comparing him to Gers striker Alfredo Morelos.
A confident Dykes is in no doubts he can make the step up to Ibrox if they come knocking.
“I don’t see why I couldn’t step into a club like Rangers, obviously they are a massive club in Scotland,” Dykes told PLZ Soccer.
“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.”
Dykes signed on at Livingston in 2019, before being sent back to Queen of the South and breaking into the Livi team last season. He is considered one of the best forwards in the Scottish Premiership outside of the Old Firm.
Livi can also have Dolly Menga and Matej Poplatnik as striking options at the club.