Glasgow Celtic had a nightmare by failing to secure a deal to bring Lyndon Dykes to Parkhead back in the summer of 2020.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to Barry Ferguson, who claimed in a recent interview with Go Radio (via the Daily Record) that it was a mistake neither of the Old Firm managed to seal the signing of the centre-forward prior to his move to Queens Park Rangers back in 2020.
Speaking about the Scotland international’s move south of the border, Ferguson said: “I’m disappointed Rangers or Celtic didn’t go for him. I’d have liked him to stay up here. What did he go for, just over £1m? I’d have liked to see him stay in Scotland.
“Maybe Rangers or Celtic made contact, I don’t know. He’s started the season well down there though, so if he keeps his form up, you never know.”
He could’ve fired Celtic to 10IAR
While Celtic fans may often disagree with Ferguson’s opinion, it is difficult to argue with his claim regarding Dykes, as the striker has proven since his move to QPR that he would have made an excellent addition to the Bhoys’ attacking options both last and this season.
Indeed, over his 42 Championship appearances following his £1.98m from Livingston last summer, the £3.15m-rated man scored 12 goals, registered five assists and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.4 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
These returns saw the player Alex McLeish dubbed a “brilliant find” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.84, ranking him as Mark Warburton’s 10th-best performer in the second tier of English football.
Dykes has also started the 2021/22 season in fantastic form, scoring four goals and registering two assists over his nine Championship appearances, as well as bagging four goals over his last four World Cup Qualifying fixtures for Scotland – all four of which, quite remarkably, have been the match-winner in each respective fixture.
Would you have rather Celtic signed Dykes over Ajeti?
As such, while it was not simply Celtic’s lack of goals that saw them cede their Scottish Premiership crown last season, it would be a difficult argument to make that Dykes would not have been a much better signing – not to mention a cheaper one – than the £4.95m capture of Albian Ajeti – who scored just six goals over his 20 league appearances for the Hoops last term – as well as one who could well have fired Celtic to their much-desired 10 league titles in a row.