Livingston manager Gary Holt has claimed Rangers have shown no interest in signing Lyndon Dykes, as quoted by Glasgow Live.

The Gers have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old on and off for several months.

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

Back in January, the Scottish Sun claimed that Rangers were considering swooping for Dykes if their attempts to sign Florian Kamberi on loan from Hibernian fell through.

Kamberi ended up making a temporary switch to Ibrox on deadline day and nothing came of the initial Dykes links, but then in May, the Scottish Sun again claimed the Australian-born striker was on Steven Gerrard’s transfer wishlist.

There was a mixed reaction to the reports amongst Rangers fans. Some believe a traditional targetman like Dykes would add a different option to what is currently offered by Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, while others expressed concerns about his technical ability.

It seems the Gers recruitment team may be undecided too. Livi boss Holt suggests that any offers will be listened to but insists there’s been no contact from Ibrox.

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“I can’t stop anybody being interested, but that only happens when you’re playing well – simple as that,” he said, as quoted by Glasgow Live. “It’s very rare someone comes and buys players who aren’t playing, so it just gives him [Dykes] an opportunity to impress even more in the early part of the season, hopefully.”

“It’s part of football, and it gives us an opportunity as well to keep looking for what’s out there.”

“[There’s been] zero interest [from Rangers]. We are where we are and it’s not changed.”

Holt insists Rangers haven't made an offer for Dykes.

Holt insists Rangers haven’t made an offer for Dykes. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Holt’s comments here suggest either that there’s little substance to the reports and rumours that have circulated over the last few months or that the Gers are biding their time and exploring other options before deciding whether or not to make an official approach for the player.

Dykes wouldn’t be a marquee signing but Steven Gerrard may have a tough time trying to convince a big-name attacker to come to Ibrox with Morelos and Defoe already on the books.

The former Queen of the South man – who netted 12 times last season – is a good age, has improved considerably over the last two years and while still a little raw, has the attributes to make a positive impact at Ibrox as a third-choice striker.

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