Livingston manager Gary Holt has provided his latest take on a potential Rangers move for his star striker Lyndon Dykes, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The Gers have been linked with the Australian-born forward on and off since January [Scottish Sun] and while no bids have been tabled as yet, it’s thought that they could still make a move before the new Premiership season begins next weekend.

Rangers are said to be interested in Dykes

Dykes in action for Livingston. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s need for an extra striker has increased in recent days after Jermain Defoe picked up a hamstring injury in the latter stages of a friendly win over Motherwell on Wednesday night.

The exact extent of the veteran’s problem is as yet unknown, but right now Alfredo Morelos is the club’s only fit out-and-out striker.

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If Rangers do swoop for Dykes, though, Holt doesn’t think it will derail Livi.

“If it happens, it happens,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I am not bothered as it’s part and parcel of football. We would dust ourselves down and move on.”

“We’ll not know until it happens and then you can look back and ask, ‘Could we have done it earlier or were we happy with it?”

“It’s hypothetical. It might not happen. He’s here for a long time and we get the rewards of the work we’ve put into him and the work he’s put in.”

Gary Holt says he wouldn't attempt to block any Rangers swoop for Dykes.

Gary Holt says he wouldn’t attempt to block any Rangers swoop for Dykes. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Jermain Defoe’s injury certainly increases the urgency of Rangers’ quest for an additional striker, but it would be something of a concern if the search wasn’t already well underway.

Rangers need more than two strikers to compete for silverware over the coming season, especially given that Defoe is 37 and at a stage in his career where he can’t realistically play week in week out.

Dykes wouldn’t be a marquee arrival at Ibrox and he might not be every supporter’s cup of tea.

However, at 24, he’s a young player who has improved significantly in recent seasons and with nine goals and five assists for Livi last term, he’s already proven he can be effective as a targetman in the Scottish top flight.

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