Noel Whelan has tipped the arrival of Salim Kouider-Aissa at Livingston to spark the exit of Rangers target Lyndon Dykes.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the “door is now open” for the 24-year-old to leave the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Livingston confirmed the signing of 17-goal striker Kouider-Aissa from Queen’s Park yesterday.

Current Livingston number nine, Dykes, has been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox this summer after an impressive campaign in the Scottish Premiership.

Whelan suggested that the Australian’s departure is only a matter of time.

“When a team makes a signing in a position where the player currently playing that position has been linked with another club, it looks to me like a replacement,” he told Football Insider.

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“That then paves the way for that player to make a transfer.

“Teams will not let a player go unless they have somebody to cover that position. Now that deal has been done it is like a chain reaction.

“Livingston have got their replacement in so the door is open for Dykes to leave.”

Dykes’s 33 appearances last season yielded 12 goals and 10 assists.

Last month, the striker told PLZ Soccer: “I do not see why I could not step into a club like Rangers.”

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