Championship outfit Stoke City are rivalling Rangers for the signature of Livingston forward Lyndon Dykes, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that Dykes’ 12 goals for Livi this season have attracted Michael O’Neill’s side, but Rangers hope to use European football to lure the powerful 24-year-old striker to Ibrox.

Touted as a future international for either the likes of Scotland or Australia, Dykes’ impressive season at Livi has seen him routinely linked with the Ibrox club.

Rangers were linked to Livingston forward Lyndon Dykes in January and several club representatives have talked up the striker. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The striker – who famously gave Celtic centre-half Christopher Jullien PTSD – has been in explosive form for Livingston with his goal return only one element of his imposing game.

Rangers were linked with a move for the striker on deadline day, with Dykes reportedly lined up as a back-up should a move for Hibs hitman Florian Kamberi have failed.

 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard suggested he was well aware of the player’s ability when he namechecked Dykes in a pre-match press conference [Rangers] ahead of a game against Livi in February.

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Gers centre-half Nikola Katic even compared Dykes to Morelos as he talked up the striker’s ability, describing him as a “top player” [Daily Record].

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Lyndon Dykes’ form in Scotland is said to have attracted the attention of Stoke City’s Michael O’Neill. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Lyndon Dykes began his career in Australia, playing for a variety of lower league clubs before moving to Queen of the South.

After a brief return to Oz Dykes was back at the Doonhammers before earning a move to Livingston in 2019 after an initially successful loan spell.

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