Gary Holt insists he won't hold Lyndon Dykes back if Rangers come in with a reasonable offer for the striker.

Dykes has been on the radar of Steven Gerrard for a number of weeks having shown his capabilities as Livingston's bustling frontman last season with goals against the likes of Celtic, Aberdeen and a hat-trick against Ross County.

The Light Blues manager is desperate to strengthen his squad for the upcoming season as he aims to wrestle the Premiership title away from Celtic and halt their 10 in a row push and he feels Dykes could do a solid job up front to compliment the other strikers in Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.

And while there has as yet been no concrete offer lodged for Dykes, Holt says he would have no qualms allowing the Australian-born player to move on to Ibrox as long as the money on the table suited Livi. Asked if he was confident that Dykes would be at the Tony Macaroni Arena for the start of next season, the manager responded: "As confident as I am today, aye. Who knows what tomorrow is going to bring?

"Who knows what the transfer window situation will be? It’s going to be different this year. But, if it’s not right for this club, it won’t happen. That’s first and foremost. Lyndon is aware of that, I’m aware of that, everyone is aware of it. It’s not about preventing people from moving. We want people to improve.

"If he goes, like Liam Kelly, [Craig] Halkett, Declan [Gallagher], anyone else who has moved on from this club, they get a pat on the back and shake of the hand, thanks for all they’ve done. But it has to be right for the club.

"We made money off Liam [Kelly] but we wouldn't stand in Lyndon's way if the right offer came in. I'm not going to dig my heels in and stop him because we want to keep him. If the right offer comes in and it's beneficial to everybody then it'll be as simple as that. I'd be loathe to halt a boys' career by digging my heels in for a couple more pounds.

"If the deal is right and acceptable to the club, first and foremost, then everyone at this club is able to move on when the time is right. I think that's the way it should be, you should want that. It can't be, 'I want everything on my side of the table'. I've got to be fair and honest with the players and they know that.

"The club is being honest and open with them. That's right across the board. If the right offer comes in for someone, the club will seriously look at it. If it's not, it's not going to happen."

Should Dykes eventually move on, in the end, Holt hopes he'll be able to use the transfer and improvement as a selling point to potential new signings coming into the club. The Lions providing a pathway for a whole host of players to better themselves including Liam Kelly, now at QPR, Declan Gallagher, a Scotland cap at Motherwell, and Craig Halkett at Hearts.

And Holt is adamant that any potential sale of Dykes would be further proof that players can improve their skills at Livi. "We can enhance people's careers," he added. "Liam Kelly, Deccy, big Craig to name a few, they've all supposedly moved onto bigger and better clubs. It does help when we're doing our recruitment that we can say, 'When you come and play, this is what you can do', this is how we're try to improve things on and off the park, come and embrace it and be part of it.

"It'll only happen by playing football, it'll only happen by getting your name out there on a Saturday. By coming to a club and willing to work when you're out there. The biggest thing about being a footballer is playing football, it's not about being part of a squad, not about coming into training. You want to play at the end of the week so come here and you've got a great chance of playing if you put in the necessary work to do it. If you come in and don't, you ain't getting a contract, simple as that."