In looking around today on who may be a free agent in the summer, one of the players we were said to be interested in January, Kris Boyd of Glasgow Rangers, has a contract that runs out at the Scottish club next month.
Kris Boyd – set to join former manager at Birmingham?
In looking at Kris’ position it looks initially like he is likely to resign for a successful Rangers side, and here’s what the player said recently, regarding his potential extension to his existing contract:
“I’m sure the contract will be sorted in the near future.” “I’m not being distracted by it.”
“The club and my agent will take care of it. Everybody knows my feelings towards Rangers – I enjoy myself here and I enjoy my football.”
“The manager (Walter Smith) has given me a chance to play at the level I’m at and if he’s here next season, I would be delighted with that.”
” When you see the job he has done, especially with the finances being the way they are just now, it’s a credit to him.”
“I said before he was a manager I wanted to play for and he has shown faith in me. I would like to keep paying him back for showing that faith in me by scoring goals every week.”
With those words we would think he wanted to stay with Rangers but reports last week suggested he was edging closer to a move to Birmingham City, who of course have a Scottish manager in Alex McLeish, who was manager at Rangers from 2001 until 2006, so Alex will know the player well.
The 26 year-old 6′ striker started his career in 1999 at Kilmarnock, where he appeared a total of 168 times with 67 goals, and was brought to Glasgow in January of 2006.
He’s played 187 times for Rangers with 126 goals, and has represented Scotland 16 times.
We’re not sure of course whether the Newcastle club would be interested in Kris, but Hughton is said to want to bring in a proven goal-scorer in the summer, and the lad certainly has scored some goals, albeit in Scotland, where the class of football is a lot lower than in the Premiership.
But he looks like he would be a good addition to the Newcastle striking options, and we’re sure Chris Hughton and chief scout Graham Carr have already run the rule over the player.
What we don’t know is whether the club will go after the free-scoring striker – but if they are interested now’s the time to do it – and Kris comes at a very good price.