By George Overhill

29th Nov, 2022 | 6:40pm

QPR and Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes appears to aim vermin dig at Rangers boss Michael Beale in now-deleted post

Lyndon Dykes appears to be less than impressed with new Rangers boss Michael Beale’s departure from QPR and message to his former players.

The now ex-Rs manager posted a lengthy message on his own Instagram page on Monday night (28 November) after he was unveiled as the 18th man in charge of the Light Blues, thanking the staff, players and fans.

But amid widespread criticism of his move from outside Ibrox, it looks like Scotland international Dykes also didn’t appreciate it, judging by his now-deleted social media post the morning after.

On his Instagram stories on Tuesday the Loftus Road forward, who was a regular for Beale in the first half of the season in west London, had posted a photo of himself with no accompaniment.

However, the music backing it was West Connect by Luciano, in a clip specifically containing the lyrics “watch for the snakes, watch for the vermin”, to apparently portray his feelings towards his now former boss.

Beale had spoken about his loyalty to QPR when turning down the Wolves job a month before he eventually took charge of the Bears, with a return to Glasgow on a different level for him personally.

Awkward

It’s safe to say that the Scottish Sun’s suggestion that Dykes might be a transfer target for Beale in January can be ruled out.

The 42-year-old has made quite plain that he values the Ibrox opportunity above all others at this point, but his route to the job hasn’t pleased plenty of observers.

There are also doubts among Gers icons, but if he can do the job of rescuing the season he won’t have to worry about them or the fans for long.

Beale said all the right things at QPR, and ultimately backtracked on all of them, so some will be wary as he now looks to portray the right messages back in the SPFL.

However, all that matters in the first instance is how his new squad feel and the performances he can get out of them, with work already begun on the training ground.

If he restores Rangers back to the standing of where they were domestically when he left with Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa then nobody of a Light Blue persuasion will be hung up on the past few weeks, even if those outside the club will be hoping he fails for much longer.

In other Rangers news, the club are fighting back against the latest legal threat from the controversial Celtic tour.