By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

8th Jan, 2023 | 12:12pm

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus has called on Rangers to sign Lyndon Dykes from QPR this month if they can afford a deal for the former Livingston striker.

Dykes, 27, played under Michael Beale at QPR and since joining them in 2020, he’s scored 27 goals in 106 English Championship appearances.

With Alfredo Morelos out of contract at the end of the season and Kemar Roofe suffering from continuous injury issues, it wouldn’t be a shock if the Gers did add to their striker options this month.

And after impressing McManus in QPR’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on 2 January, he believes that fans of the Ibrox giants will be thrilled with the signing of the Australia-born Scotland international.

“He would be [an improvement on Morelos],” McManus told Ibrox News.

I watched QPR v Sheffield United and he was man of the match, Neil Warnock was loving him.

He’s a big target man. Have Rangers got that? Not really.

Depending on how much QPR want – they paid like £2million for him – they’d want a decent amount of that back. It just depends if Rangers have got that kind of money for January. Can they afford £3-4million on a striker? I don’t know.

“But if so, I think Dykes can score goals in the Scottish Premiership.

He’s done well at QPR and I think Rangers supporters would take to him because of his energy, high intensity and work rate.

You want to see strikers working hard and he’s the complete opposition of Morelos at the minute. That’s one that Rangers fans wouldn’t mind seeing.”

Dykes has scored six goals in 25 league appearances for QPR this season.

He played on Saturday (7 January) in the London club’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Fleetwood Town, assisting his side’s only goal in the 2-1 loss.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are expected to sign this “World Cup star” in January.