Massive international display from Stevie G ‘reject’

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Rangers' head coach Steven Gerrard pictured during a press conference of Scotish club Rangers FC, Wednesday 21 October 2020, in Liege. Tomorrow they will meet Belgian soccer Standard de Liege in the first day of the group phase (group D) of the UEFA Europa League competition. BELGA PHOTO VIRGINIE LEFOUR (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

If one thing was clear from Scotland’s qualification for the Euros, it was the standout performance not only of Rangers’ Ryan Jack and Celtic’s Ryan Christie, but that of the stellar display up front of QPR man Lyndon Dykes.

Dykes was of course a major transfer target this summer, but for a number of reasons Rangers did not make the move, and he instead moved south for a £1.7M price, while Steven Gerrard instead elected for Switzerland’s Cedric Itten at around double that amount.

Itten, it would be fair, hasn’t quite got going yet at Ibrox despite that howitzer at Fir Park – even though he showed his qualities in that match, he’s not yet broken into the first team as a regular, and that’s Stevie’s call of course.

But how much more could Dykes have given?

On Thursday we saw a bustling, powerful, talismanic display up front as he frankly bullied Serbia’s backline again and again, and we can’t help wondering if he could have done the same for us.

Let’s face it, he was by far Livi’s best player, and he wouldn’t have cost Rangers much – a ready made SPL striker who is now translating his club form onto the international stage.

Itten, on the other hand, isn’t quite doing it yet for club or country.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we do trust Stevie a great deal, but while Itten is likely to come good in time, like all the rest, there’s a nagging feeling Dykes wouldn’t have needed the settling in period.

It’s not a mistake, but we will never shake the feeling the big Aussie-born striker was a better fit for Rangers.

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  1. I never saw his performance against Serbia as I don’t watch Scotland but I’ll take your word he played well. Personally I like my strikers to score goals and he’s only got 3 this season for QPR, all penalties. I take your point regarding the comparison to Itten but we should be making that comparison to our strongest players not the weakest. And I’ve not given up on Itten just yet.

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