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Rangers: Imagine James Tavernier and Lyndon Dykes

The January transfer window is now open for business and Glasgow Rangers boss Michael Beale could make his first signing in charge of the club this month.

In December, Football League World reported that the Gers are interested in signing Beale’s former striker down south of the border – Lyndon Dykes.

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Journalist Dean Jones recently revealed that the Light Blues are still eyeing up a swoop for the Scotland international, as he told GIVEMESPORT:

“Rangers are retaining their interest in QPR striker Lyndon Dykes as Beale is so keen on him.”

It remains to be seen how much it would take to snap him up from the English club but the head coach is seemingly hoping to reunite with the Australian-born marksman.

The 27-year-old forward has not scored in any of his four appearances since coming back from the break for the 2022 World Cup but had found the back of the net four times in his last nine Championship games under Beale.

This indicates that he was thriving under the Rangers boss and that he is now struggling to find his best form without him at the helm, which bodes well for any potential move to Ibrox with the Englishman in charge.

The Light Blues could now form a terrifying duo for opposition defences in the Scottish top-flight by signing Dykes and deploying him to make the most of James Tavernier’s quality deliveries into the box.

14 of his 64 career club goals have been headers and this suggests that the 6 foot 2 striker offers a big threat in the air, which is backed up by him winning 4.0 aerial battles per match in the Championship this season.

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Meanwhile, no Rangers striker has won more than 1.1 per game in the Premiership and two of them – Alfredo Morelos and Antonio Colak – have won less than one per outing.

Tavernier has created 3.0 chances from ten crossing attempts per match in the top-flight this term, with 30% of his crosses being won by one of his teammates on average.

Dykes, who was once hailed as “mobile” by former Scotland forward Darren Jackson, has won 45% of his aerial contests this season and this indicates that he could increase the percentage of crosses from the Gers captain that result in a shot on goal for the club.

The Scotland international’s history of scoring with his head also indicates that he could thrive off the service provided by the skipper and that is why they could form a menacing duo in the second half of the campaign, with Dykes towering over defenders to head home Tavernier’s balls into the box.