Lyndon Dykes, the Livingston striker who was linked with a deadline day switch to Rangers, has continued his strong form with a Man of the Match display.
The Scottish Sun reported that the Gers had scouted the 24-year-old on multiple occasions this season and that a late swoop was on the cards as a backup plan to the pursuit of Florian Kamberi.
With Kamberi’s deal tied up later in the day, though, Dykes remained at Livi.
The speculation doesn’t appear to have unsettled the Australian-born forward, though, and he put in an impressive Man of the Match display against St Mirren on Wednesday night [BBC Sport].
The Lions won 2-1 to continue their strong recent run in the Premiership, and Dykes netted the second in West Lothian with a cool finish having been played in behind the visitors just seconds into the second half.
46 – We didn’t even have time to tell you that we’d restarted before half-time sub Keaghan Jacobs (on for Bartley) slides Dykes through on goal with an excellent pass and he makes no mistake, firing low beyond Hladky!
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) February 12, 2020
That wasn’t his only contribution of the evening, though.
He proved a real handful for the Saints defenders, drawing a foul in the area to earn the first-half penalty that was converted by Steven Lawless.
Dykes almost grabbed a second around 20 minutes from time, too, seeing his header from a corner come back out off the post.
A constant menace throughout the game, he was the focal point for Gary Holt’s side and his strike moved him to 12 goals in 29 appearances this season, alongside eight assists.
The Gers may not have moved for the 6ft 2″ targetman in the end in January, but if Kamberi doesn’t perform at Ibrox and he keeps up his own good form, he could come back into the reckoning once again in the summer.
Dykes isn’t the most subtle of forwards, but his physical presence, finishing ability and aerial threat certainly make him a big headache for Premiership defenders.