Livingston reject offer for reported Celtic target Lyndon Dykes; they want £2m

By John McGinley

July 25, 2020

Scottish Premiership side Livingston have rejected a £1m offer for Celtic target Lyndon Dykes this week, broadcaster STV reports.

The Scottish Daily Mail reported last month that Celtic were one of the teams interested in the striker this summer alongside Rangers and a number of English Championship sides.

Second-tier team Barnsley, who recently narrowly avoided relegation, are the first outfit to have made a transfer move.

STV report that they lodged a £1m bid for the striker on Friday which has been promptly rejected by the West Lothian team.

It’s said that Livingston are looking for a fee of around £2m for the forward.

Livingston boss Gary Holt acknowledged the growing interest in his services on Thursday, telling STV: “You have to put it to the back of your mind and do what gets you noticed.

“We know where we want to be and he knows where we are coming from so he is a Livi player, he loves for the club and we will see how long that continues.”

Dykes was one of the stand-out players in the Scottish top-flight last term, netting 12 goals and assisting 10 more in 33 appearances (Transfermarkt).

One of his goals came against Celtic in a 2-0 Hoops defeat last October, during which he gave centre-half Christopher Jullien a torrid time.

The 24-year-old is eligible for both the Scottish and Australian national teams and is likely to win caps in the future if he maintains that kind of form.

The Bhoys could do with strengthening the striking position.

Leigh Griffiths has had fitness issues this summer while Vakoun Bayo is injured again.

Lyndon Dykes in action against Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That leaves just Odsonne Edouard and the unproven Patryk Klimala available ahead of the season kick-off next week.

Whether or not Dykes is the answer is another matter.

While he’s a physical presence who holds his own in the Scottish top-flight, does he have the on-the-ball quality to really fit into Neil Lennon’s plans?

At £2m, there may be better value out there in another league.

In other news, Celtic fans are eager to see the club complete a move for Vasilios Barkas.