By Alex McLeish

14th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

McLeish thought Rangers and Celtic submitting 'bid' for 'real Scotland find' Dykes

Alex McLeish has claimed Rangers or Celtic should have signed Lyndon Dykes from Livingston before his move to QPR.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old would have been a smashing addition to either squad last summer.

The Daily Mail claimed last summer both Glasgow giants were interested in signing Dykes, who was valued at £2million by Livingston.

However, he joined QPR in August 2020, with Sky Sports claiming the London outfit met his asking price.

The Australia-born striker has gone on to establish himself as a regular among Steve Clarke’s Scotland side.

Dykes netted his sixth goal in 20 appearances in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands.

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McLeish suggested both Rangers and Celtic missed a trick not poaching him last year.

McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “Lyndon Dykes. For a guy who’s not playing in the top league, the Premier League, to score six goals from Scotland, he’s been an absolutely brilliant find.

“An amazing find for Steve Clarke.

Discussing Rangers and Celtic’s reported interest from last summer, McLeish said: “Back in the day I had guys like Ronald de Boer, Michael Mols and Shota Arveladze. We signed guys like Stevie Thompson and Kris Boyd.

“They were fantastic predators in Scottish penalty boxes and far beyond that. International level and in Europe too.

“I saw Lyndon possibly helping guys like Morelos. I’m surprised Celtic didn’t think about him. I thought the top two would have made a wee bid for him.

“To score six goals in not that many games, it’s been a real find for Scotland. Over the years, we’ve been lacking the centre-forward who comes in and scores straight away.”

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