The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle will have competition from up to 20 other clubs if they decide to make a move for Rangers free agent striker Kris Boyd.
Kris Boyd – are Newcastle interested?
The most important word in that sentence is if.
The Scottish International has 101 goals in 143 appearances for Rangers, but the SPL is hardly at the standards of the English Premiership, and there are still doubts whether Kris is a Premiership-class player.
Apparently Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Blackburn and Wolves are interested along with Turkish clubs Kayserispor, Bursaspor and Ankaragucu.
Kayserispor’s general manager Suleyman Hurma doesn’t seem too optimistic about signing the player as he said today:
“Boyd’s manager said that the player has 20 teams in for him so I don’t think he will arrive at Kayserispor,”
“He will expect either Bursaspor or Ankaragucu wages because they can offer much better than we can.”
One thing that Newcastle will not do these days is pay out ridiculous wages to get a player and if Kris goes to the highest paying club, that will probably not be Newcastle United.
Kris has been quoted as saying yesterday:
“This has been the biggest decision of my life,”
“I’ve spent months thinking about what to do and still haven’t come to a final decision. But it’s time to leave Scottish football. I need a fresh challenge.”
“Right now I’m considering my future and have a lot to think about in the coming days. I know there’s been talk of me going from Rangers to Celtic. But, if I did that, it wouldn’t be the penalty box I’d be in, it would be a wooden box!”
“I’ll sit down with my family over the next few days and come to a decision. But swapping Ibrox for Parkhead will not be happening.”
“I’ve won everything I hoped to win at Rangers. I’ve been the top goalscorer at the club every season since I arrived from Kilmarnock. It’s now time to move on.”
“I could have stayed, but is it really going to get any better? That’s what I’ve been asking myself.” “Back-to-back titles is a tremendous achievement for everyone at the club and I was part of that. I just like the idea of leaving on a high.”
John Macmillan, the secretary of the Rangers Supporters Club, has not helped matters at all by making the following statement:
“It’s disappointing to hear that he feels there is not much more he can achieve at Rangers.”
“I don’t know what’s behind that remark because he can achieve the SPL title and he can have another run in the Champions League.”
“To be perfectly honest, I think it’s unlikely he would be going to a club who are going to be involved in the Champions League on a regular basis.”
“I don’t think, with all due respect to Kris Boyd, he is going to be picked up by one of the top clubs in the Premier League. I don’t think very many of them have been chasing him.”
What John Macmillan doesn’t seem to understand is that the SPL is hardly the best league in the world, and we understand that Rangers manager Walter Smith did not include Boyd many times in the European games.
It’s really hard to criticize a player who simply wants to test himself at the highest levels of football, and right now that’s in the English Premiership.
But we still doubt he will arrive at Newcastle.