Boyd Criticized For Wanting To Leave Glasgow Rangers

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • StuW

    Jun 2, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Why are we waiting for other clubs to get their bids in for him? If we want to sign him, we need to move quickly, otherwise we will miss out on him. He is the type of forward we need, not flashy, not particularly great, but always finds himself in the right place at the right time to knock the ball into the net.

  • Thump

    Jun 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said, Stu. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks that.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    StuW I live in Falkirk now and have had the opportunity to watch boyd first hand from very good seats in the Westfield stadium and believe me he is able to get into the right positions at the right time only by pushing the smaller defenders out of the way.

    In the EPL where the defenders are in general well in excess if 6 foot and strong with it I doubt very much if he will be able to get “the right spot” quite so easily, he is not very mobile (that is a polite way of saying he is the laziest b*****d on the park) and as such I think the EPL defences will find him quite easy to mark.

    Scott McDonald the ex celtic player was another prolific score in the SPL celtic apps 88, gls 51 motherwell apps 108, gls 42 but has shown absolutely zilch since leaving the Scottish game he has not even made the aussie squad for the world cup, and I think that speaks volumes.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #4

    I almost forgot he has also benefited from the old firm decisions i.e. the refs do not blow quite as enthusiastically against the old firm as they do against the rest of the league

  • G

    Jun 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Agreed with posts 3 and 4. Very poor player who will want far more money than he is worth.

  • wilkyvondooom

    Jun 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #6

    hes no better than what we already have. hes playing in one of two teams that are going to win the scottish league all day long, that doesnt make him a good player. i’m sure even leon best could find the net on a regular basis playing for rangers.
    i totally agree that we need a striker but i’d rather give a chance to the likes of vuckic or airey than sign a mediocre forward like boyd that will hinder the two youngsters progress.


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