Charlton boss Lee Bowyer reckons clubs are "queuing up" to sign Rangers-linked Lyle Taylor.

The Montserrat striker, 30, has scored 11 goals in 22 Championship appearances for the Addicks this season but is out of contract on June 30.

And he has insisted he won't play when the English second tier resumes later this month for fear of picking up an injury that would scupper a big move.

Taylor's boss revealed that he won't be short of suitors and Steven Gerrard's side are reportedly aiming to entice the forward, formerly of Partick Thistle and Falkirk, to the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking to Sky Sports Football Show, Bowyer said: "He's going to earn money that he's never earned before.

"He's got a lot of clubs that I understand that are queuing up ready to take him.

"And he's earned that. He's been great for me in the two years that he's been here, he's helped us get into the Championship, and his goals this season when he was fit have helped us still have a shout of staying in the league.

"So I half-get it, why he's deciding to do this. But on the other hand I find it difficult because I think I would play and it's making my job a hell of a lot harder to stay in the division.

"With Lyle Taylor in our side, we are a different side, there's no getting away from that.

"He is massive to us and he knows it, everybody knows it.

"But he has his own reasons and there's nothing I can do about it. I can only ask him, I can't force him to play.

"That's what hurts me, I can't control that situation."