The Scottish Sun reports that Rangers are primed to raid both Aberdeen and Livingston this summer for Lewis Ferguson and Lyndon Dykes respectively.
It’s claimed that both Premiership players are high on Steven Gerrard’s transfer wish list ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Lewis Ferguson, son of Derek and nephew of Barry, has made 82 appearances for the Dons since signing from Hamilton Accies in 2018.
He’s a combative midfielder who scored the winning goal against the Gers in last season’s Scottish League Cup semi-final.
Ferguson is contracted until 2024 and as a key part of Derek McInnes’ side, Aberdeen are said to be intent on keeping him at Pittodrie.
Livingston’s Dykes is a 6ft 2″ striker who has impressed at Livingston across the last two seasons.
The 24-year-old put in an outstanding display in a win over Celtic in October and it was reported in January that the Gers were interested in signing him as cover for the injured Jermain Defoe [Scottish Sun].
Florian Kamberi ended up at Ibrox on deadline day instead, but Gerrard is said to admire Dykes greatly after his nine goals and eight assists helped fire Livi to fifth place in the table before the suspension of the Premiership campaign.
There’s a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the transfer market amid the global health crisis but these are two plausible summer moves.
Ferguson is seen as one of the best young players in the league and whilst at times he can be a little overzealous in the tackle, he would add steel and legs to the Gers midfield.
It’s unlikely Aberdeen would let him go without a fight but given the player’s familial links to the club, perhaps he’ll want to follow in Ryan Jack’s footsteps by swapping Pittodrie for Ibrox.
Dykes is also a realistic target, regardless of whether or not Alfredo Morelos leaves the club.
The Aussie-born forward would bring a physical threat Gerrard’s squad currently lacks, while he’s shown evidence of maturing into a fine finisher this season.
Dykes is contracted to Livi until 2022 but is unlikely to cost the earth and would bring the kind of 100% commitment that Bears so appreciate.