Rewind 18 months ago and then-Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes was being extensively linked to Rangers.
The now-QPR striker had been making a name for himself with the Lions and back in those simpler times of January 2020 the Aussie-born forward was still potentially a future Socceroos star.
But fast-forward to the present day and the 26-year-old is making a major name for himself in international football with Scotland.
Not always the most glamourous choice up front, Dykes is now the bonafide first-choice for the national side and following his bundled effort against the Faroe Islands he’s now scored in four competitive Scotland fixtures.
Dykes now has six goals in 20 Scotland caps with the striker defying the doubters and now the nation’s top scorer in a potentially successful World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Not only that, but the feat of scoring in four straight games is the first time a Scotland player has done this since ex-Rangers star Colin Stein in 1969 [Sporting News].
Three of the goals have been matchwinners in 1-0 wins whilst the other was an equaliser in the 3-2 win over Israel after he’d missed a penalty earlier in the match.
Rangers-linked Lyndon Dykes shows signs of progress with Scotland
Despite the reported Rangers interest in the striker, there would be no concrete suggestion that the Ibrox side ever moved for the player.
In fact, Gary Holt claimed that no offers arrived from Ibrox before ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton swooped to take him to Loftus Road in a £2m deal [Daily Mail].
Rangers instead opted to move for Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten and those deals would prove pivotal in going on to secure 55 last season.
At QPR, Dykes remains the club’s number 9 but the player’s style is perhaps more predicated in powerful hold-up play and determined running that it is on prolific goalscoring.
It remains to be seen if Rangers will rue failing to move for the forward but there’s no doubt the player has progressed since those links to Ibrox back in early 2020.
Speaking of Scotland, Rangers fans have a message for Steve Clarke after the national team boss dropped an Ibrox star from the starting XI against the Faroes.