Former Hoops forward Darren Jackson admits he was “surprised” to see Lyndon Dykes join QPR in summer 2020 rather than Old Firm giants Celtic or Rangers, speaking to Sky Sports.
He may not be the most technically gifted number nine but use Dykes correctly and you have one heck of an effective frontman on your hands.
The Aussie-born former Livingston favourite has established himself as Steve Clarke’s first-choice centre-forward for the Scottish national team. Dykes justified his manager’s faith with a winner in the 86th minute against the Faroe Islands, just three days after another vital strike in the hair-raising 3-2 triumph over Israel.
And Jackson, who earned 28 caps himself, believes Celtic and Rangers could have done a lot worse than take a punt on Dykes before his £2 million move south of the border.
Should Celtic or Rangers have snapped up Lyndon Dykes?
“I raved about (Dykes) 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,” says Jackson, the 1998 Scottish Premiership champion.
“He’s not just a big striker – he’s mobile.
“You see the two goals he’s scored (for Scotland), 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.”
That £2 million price tag put paid to Rangers’ interest, however, with QPR tying him down to a four-year deal instead – much to the disappointment of Ibrox legend Ally McCoist.