Following Thursday night’s League Cup quarter-final against Livingston, BT Sport pundit and Rangers legend, Ally McCoist, praised Lyndon Dykes.
The 6ft 2″ striker is new to the Scottish top flight, having spent the last three years at Queen of the South, after moving from Australia.
However, he caused the Gers centre-back pairing of Filip Helander and Connor Goldson problems throughout the fixture. McCoist was one of several BT Sport pundits to criticise the defenders, but he also said Dykes deserved praise for his work.
“He’s aggressive, powerful and looks really quick,” said McCoist during his post-match analysis on BT Sport. “He’s come a long way since Queen of the South.”
“I’d be keeping an eye on him,” he continued pointedly. “He’s certainly my man of the match.”
As Rangers’ leading goalscorer of all time, McCoist knows a talented striker when he sees one.
Dykes is still just 23, and he’s started this season well, netting important goals against St Mirren and Ross County in the league and scoring twice in the League Cup before Thursday night’s exit.
He certainly put himself about and caused some concern amongst a Gers defence which looked nervy on the artificial surface.
However, while there’s never any harm in keeping an eye on a player as they progress, the notion of Rangers moving for Dykes is an unrealistic one.
He may offer plenty in terms of physicality and he suits Livi’s playing style, but he’s nowhere near good enough for Rangers right now.
The Livi number nine scored just eleven goals in 100 Scottish Championship appearances [Soccerbase], before moving to the Tony Macaroni. His goalscoring record leaves a lot to be desired, reflecting a lack of finesse in the final third.
Dykes may have won over a new fan in McCoist, but there’s no chance of him moving to Ibrox any time soon.