By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Oct, 2021 | 9:10pm

Darren Jackson surprised Rangers didn't move for Lyndon Dykes

Darren Jacksonis surprised Rangers did not move for Scotland international striker Lyndon Dykes before he moved south of the border.

The 26-year-old joined Queens Park Rangers from Livingston in the summer of 2020, and he has since established himself as a key player for club and country.

Dykes is Steve Clarke’s first-choice number 9, and he helped keep Scotland’s World Cup hopes alive by grabbing a late winner against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night.

The QPR star also bagged a goal in the 3-2 victory over Israel at the weekend, and Jackson is baffled by the fact Rangers did not deem it fit to bring him to Ibrox.

The former Celtic star told Sky Sports: “I raved about him when I went to watch him at Livingston – I was surprised he didn’t move to one of the Old Firm, but they chose not to take him and he’s gone down south.

“He’s not just a big striker – he’s mobile. You see the two goals he’s scored, getting across people, he’s mobile in the box as well. He doesn’t just stand as a big striker, his movement in the box is good. I think he’s a fantastic player.”


Dykes ended last season as QPR’s top scorer with 12 goals and five assists, and Rangers could do with such a striker.

He has bagged four goals in 10 appearances so far and has been crucial during Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers.

He sure has what it takes to improve Steven Gerrard’s sides, but the Premiership defending giants certainly do not regret missing out on him.

They won the title easily last term and are looking to successfully defend it this term.

In Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala, the Bears boast of some of the best strikers in the land, and Dykes is not an upgrade on any of them.

They all represent their countries internationally, and are capable of firing Rangers to a domestic treble this term.

Seeing a Scotland international lead the line for the Light Blues would have pleased someone like Jackson, but the Ibrox giants are not struggling in front of goal, and the decision-makers are certainly not having sleepless nights over not signing Dykes.

In other Rangers news, the Bears want strong, quick and composed Scotland int’l and a winter move has been mooted.