Frank McAvennie has tipped Scotland hero Lyndon Dykes to “play at a higher level” but insisted he will not join Rangers or Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Hoops and St Mirren forward heaped praise on the 25-year-old and is adamant that he will “move up” from QPR.

Dykes produced a man of the match display against Serbia last Thursday to help Scotland qualify for their first major tournament finals since 1998.

He has scored three goals in nine appearances since completing a near-£2million move from Livingston to QPR in August.

This site revealed shortly before the deal was completed that the Gers pulled out of the race to sign Dykes and instead opted to sign Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe.

When asked by Football Insider if Steven Gerrard would be regretting not signing the centre-forward, McAvennie said: “Celtic and Rangers have talked about him.

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“The boy has impressed me. I liked him at Livingston, I saw him destroy the Rangers defence and I saw him destroy the Celtic defence single-handedly.

“He led the line for Scotland on his own and held the ball up so well. It was no coincidence that when he went off against Serbia the game changed. They started to get on top.

“I have been very impressed with him but he will not come back to Rangers or Celtic now. He is going to move up.

“He will definitely play at a higher level than QPR.”   

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