Earlier on we did a piece about whether Steven Gerrard and Rangers had made a mistake not signing Lyndon Dykes, and choosing instead a lad who hasn’t played outside of Switzerland before at greater cost.
We must admit we picked an unfair photo, and the headline didn’t quite help.
To clear this up – Cedric Itten could well be a great player for this club in time, but while early signs aren’t terribly positive yet, he hasn’t played enough to judge.
But that’s our issue – Lyndon Dykes knows this league, knows the surface, knows what scoring in the division takes. And is match fit enough to hit the ground running with this club immediately, as a matter of the urgency we need for this season.
It is not an attack on Itten – it’s an observation that he needs weeks and maybe months to get used to the SPL, while Dykes already knows it like the back of his hand.
Ideal scenario might even have been to sign both, get even more depth, having Dykes’ battering ram and physical target man as a plan B when needed.
Such as yesterday.
So an apology of sorts – the piece wasn’t exactly the message we wanted to convey, and was interpreted as a pure slur on Itten. We got dog’s abuse for this, but we’ll take this one on the chin.
Maybe he won’t work out, maybe he will, but we do feel Dykes would have been a more sensible acquisition for a player likely to be immediately ready to settle in.
Itten will take time. And we’re not sure we have much of that.