News today that Rangers striker Kris Boyd will definitely leave the Scottish Champions this summer, according to manager Walter Smith.
Kris Boyd – definitely leaving Rangers
Kris had said he would decide over the summer whether he would stay at Rangers, although that was only a small chance, and it seems that manager Smith has now given up all hope of keeping the striker in Glasgow.
Boyd scored 26 goals last season in 41 appearances, and the free agent has been linked with Birmingham, Newcastle United and Turkish clubs Kayserispor and Trabzonspor. And new news today that Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers are also keen on the Scotland international.
Smith told the Daily Record today:
“‘Kris is going. There is no doubt about that now. We have never wanted to admit he would leave but we are doing so now.”
“We’ve made him an offer but he’s getting much higher offers from other clubs and he is going.”
“‘Kris leaves here with the best wishes of every one of us at Rangers. He has been absolutely terrific for this club and his scoring record is second to none.”
“I know people have said I had a problem with Kris because I left him out of a lot of my starting teams but I actually get on very well with him. I must admit I like him and I hope he is a success wherever he goes.”
“‘I’m disappointed we can’t offer enough to keep him with us but I really do wish him continued success.”
Those are good words from Smith, who we have always thought was a terrific manager who handles his players extremely well.
And Boyd is not the only Rangers’ player who will be leaving the Scottish club this summer after seeing out his contract, as it seems like Nacho Novo, DaMarcus Beasley and Steve Smith will also be leaving, and have refused to accept new deals from Rangers.
Birmingham have just signed Serbia 6’8″ striker Nikola Zigic for £6M, so we wonder if they will remain interested in the 26 year-old Scottish striker.
But we have to think that if Chris Hughton wants this player, Newcastle will look an attractive club for Kris to join, and he’ll probably get a better offer on Tyneside than he will get at Blackburn.
We’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle are indeed interested – but this guy comes at a good price, that’s for sure.