Lyndon Dykes nets on QPR debut after Rangers opted against swoop
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Lyndon Dykes nets on QPR debut after Rangers opted against swoop

Formerly Rangers linked striker, Lyndon Dykes, netted on debut for QPR in their opening day 2-0 Championship win over Nottingham Forest.

The Gers were linked with a late move for the former Livingston targetman during last season’s January transfer window [Scottish Sun] and then again in May [Scottish Sun], as Steven Gerrard looked to add more firepower to his squad.

Rangers were linked with a swoop for Dykes after his impressive 2019/20 campaign with Livingston. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

However, Gary Holt insisted no offers arrived from Ibrox [Glasgow Live] and the club instead decided to splash out on Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, leaving former Rangers boss Mark Warburton free to swoop in.

QPR stumped up a reported £2 million to make Dykes their new no.9 [Daily Mail] and he started with a bang at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.

The combative 24-year-old was taken out in the box by Forest defender Tobias Figueiredo in the 54th minute and dusted himself down before smashing home the resulting penalty.

When the hosts made the points safe in the fourth minute of injury time, Dykes was once again involved.

He saw his initial shot saved by Brice Samba but Ilias Chair was there to sweep home the rebound and take the score to 2-0.

Formerly Rangers linked Lyndon Dykes scored on his competitive debut for QPR. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The debut goal and three points capped off a fine week for Dykes, who earlier made his first two international appearances for Scotland, scoring in the second outing against the Czech Republic.

Goalscoring won’t be much of concern for Rangers fans this weekend, though, after Steven Gerrard’s side put four past Dundee United at Ibrox.

One of the Gers’ new attackers found the net, too, with Kemar Roofe grabbing his second goal for the club in the 68th minute.

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