Kris Boyd

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Kris Boyd
Kris Boyd.jpg
Boyd playing for Rangers in 2008
Personal information
Full name Kris Boyd[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 15
Youth career
1999–2000 Kilmarnock
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Kilmarnock 153 (67)
2006–2010 Rangers 143 (128)
2010–2011 Middlesbrough 27 (6)
2011 Nottingham Forest (loan) 10 (6)
2011 Eskişehirspor 2 (0)
2012 Portland Timbers 26 (7)
2013–2014 Kilmarnock 43 (25)
2014– Rangers 13 (2)
National team
2002–2005 Scotland U21 8 (1)
2003–2006 Scotland B 3 (0)
2006– Scotland 18 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2010

Kris Boyd (born 18 August 1983) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Rangers in the Scottish Championship.

Boyd grew up in the Ayrshire village of Tarbolton and started his senior career with Kilmarnock. He transferred to Rangers in January 2006, and was their top goalscorer in each of his seasons at Ibrox.[2] He was the top goalscorer in the history of the Scottish Premier League,[3] with 167 goals in total.[4]

Boyd had a short spell in English football with Middlesbrough, during which time he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest. He signed for Turkish club Eskişehirspor in 2011, but terminated his contract there after five months and moved to the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer in January 2012. He later returned to both Kilmarnock and Rangers.

Having played several games for the Scotland U21 and Scotland B teams, Boyd received his first cap for the senior Scottish national team in 2006. He has scored seven goals in eighteen appearances for the senior national side.

Early footballing life[edit]

As a youth, Boyd played in several trial matches for Rangers.[5] He joined the youth development program at Kilmarnock, ten miles from his home village,[6] at the age of twelve.[7]

Club career[edit]

Kilmarnock (first spell)[edit]

Boyd signed a senior contract with Kilmarnock at the age of sixteen on 25 August 1999[1] and made his debut for the club as a substitute on the last day of the 2000–01 season against Celtic.[8] He was given his chance to stake a place in the team the following season with the departures of Ally McCoist (who finished his career the day of Boyd's debut)[9] and Christophe Cocard,[10] scoring four goals in total.[11]

Boyd started the 2002–03 season, in "impressive" form and won the SPL Young Player of the Month award for August.[12] In total he scored 12 times in the season[11] and won Kilmarnock's award for Young Player of the Year.[8] His form attracted the interest of Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he had a trial with the Molineux club in August 2003.[13] Boyd scored a total of fifteen goals in the 2003–04 season.[11] In September 2004, he equalled a Scottish Premier League record when he scored all five of Kilmarnock's goals against Dundee United.[14][15] He scored 19 goals in all competitions in the 2004–05 season,[11] and was linked with a move to Aberdeen.[16]

Boyd's form during the 2005–06 attracted interest from Championship sides Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday had offers accepted by Kilmarnock, however, Boyd rejected the moves.[17][18]

Rangers (first spell)[edit]

Following speculation that he would sign in the January transfer window, Boyd officially joined Rangers on 1 January 2006. He was signed for a fee of around £500,000 on a contract lasting until the summer of 2009.[19] He waived half of his £40,000 signing on fee, which Kilmarnock were due to pay him under the terms of his contract, to help fund the youth setup at Kilmarnock.[20]

He made his debut on 7 January 2006 against Peterhead in the Scottish Cup third round, in which he scored a hat-trick during a 5–0 win.[21] He went on to score 20 goals in 17 starts for Rangers in the second half of that season, ending it with a total of 37 goals for Rangers and Kilmarnock. He became the first player to finish top scorer at two clubs in one season, having scored 17 goals for Kilmarnock before his move.[22][23]

After scoring a penalty against Motherwell in January 2007, Boyd was involved in controversy when he held up six fingers, reportedly in a show of solidarity for former club captain Barry Ferguson (who wore the number six shirt), who had been stripped of his position and dropped from the team following a dispute with Paul Le Guen.[24] Le Guen left the club days later and was replaced by the then Scotland manager Walter Smith. By the end of that season, Boyd scored 25 goals for Rangers in all competitions. Boyd scored his 100th Scottish Premier League goal, and his first against Celtic on 5 May 2007, in a 2–0 victory for Rangers.[25]

The 2007–08 season saw Boyd score his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions for Rangers in a League Cup match against East Fife on 26 September 2007, 627 days after his debut. This made him the second fastest Rangers player ever to reach 50 goals for the club, behind Jim Forrest.[26]

Boyd won the first trophy of his career on 16 March 2008 when Rangers defeated Dundee United to win the 2008 League Cup. He scored both of Rangers' goals in the 2–2 draw and scored the winning penalty in the subsequent penalty shootout.[27] He also scored a double in the 2008 Scottish Cup Final, a 3–2 win over Queen of the South. He finished that season with 25 goals in all competitions for Rangers.[28]

In January 2009, speculation surfaced about a possible move to Birmingham City to play for former Rangers manager, Alex McLeish. Rangers accepted a bid of nearly £4 million; however, Boyd could not agree personal terms and decided to stay at Rangers.[6][29] In season 2008–09 Boyd won his first Scottish Premier League title and another Scottish Cup. He finished as top scorer again for Rangers with 31 goals in all competitions, his highest total yet, and was awarded the club's first Sam English Bowl for top Rangers scorer in a season.[30]

On 30 December 2009, Boyd scored five goals in a 7–1 victory over Dundee United; in doing so, he passed Henrik Larsson as the all-time leader in goals in the Scottish Premier League.[31] On 1 May 2010, Boyd scored his 100th league goal for Rangers at Tannadice against Dundee United.[32]

In the 2009–10 season, Boyd was the top scorer with Rangers and the Scottish Premier League again with 26 goals in 40 games.[33] With this return he won the Sam English Bowl for the second time[34] and the Scottish Premier League and League Cup both for the second time.[35] On 28 May 2010, Rangers admitted that Boyd would be leaving once his contract runs out.[36]

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 5 July 2010, Boyd signed a two-year contract with Championship side Middlesbrough,with a weekly wage estimated to be around £30,000 a week.[37] On 22 August 2010, he scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in a 1–0 victory against Sheffield United.[38] His second followed on 28 September against Derby County.[39] Boyd scored in a 2–1 defeat against Leeds United on 16 October 2010,[40] which was Gordon Strachan's final game in charge of the club.[41] He scored his fourth of the season against Bristol City in Tony Mowbray's first game as Boro boss.[42] On 9 November 2010, Boyd scored the opener in Middlesbrough's 2–0 win over Scunthorpe.[43] Boyd achieved his 200th club career goal on 1 February 2011, in scoring the first in Middlesbrough's 2–0 home victory over Scunthorpe by latching onto a long ball from Seb Hines before lobbing the goalkeeper.[44] On 8 March 2011, Boyd joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[45]

Loan to Nottingham Forest[edit]

Despite speculation during the January transfer window, Boyd remained at Middlesbrough and hadn't started a match for a month by the time the loan deal was signed, having only started 19 games the whole season for Middlesbrough. Boyd's loan deal was signed until the end of the 2010–11 season, and Boyd was issued with the number 22 jersey. Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith moved in the opposite direction because of injuries at Middlesbrough.[45] The same day he made his move to Forest, Boyd debuted from the bench in a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield United. He scored six goals in ten league appearances for Forest, taking his total in the Football League Championship to twelve.

Eskişehirspor[edit]

Boyd during his time with Eskişehirspor

Boyd signed a three-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig club Eskişehirspor on 8 July 2011.[46]

Boyd terminated his contract on 19 December 2011 and started legal proceedings against Eskişehirspor claiming he had never been paid during his stay at the club.[47] He had played just 76 minutes of league football for Eskişehirspor.[47][48]

Portland Timbers[edit]

On 23 January 2012, Boyd declined a contract offer from Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo.[49] Boyd instead signed with Portland Timbers of MLS on 30 January 2012, becoming the club's second Designated Player.[50] As Houston held exclusive rights within MLS to negotiate with Boyd, Portland were forced to trade a first-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft to the Dynamo for the right to sign him.[51]

Boyd scored his first goal for the Timbers on 4 March 2012 during a pre-season exhibition against AIK of Sweden.[52] Eight days later, Boyd made his league debut in their season opener, where he scored Timbers' second goal of a 3–1 victory against Philadelphia Union.[53] Boyd featured less frequently, however, after head coach John Spencer was fired.[54] He scored seven goals in 26 appearances for Portland in the 2012 Major League Soccer season. On 31 January 2013, the Timbers announced that they had mutually agreed to end Boyd's contract.[55]

Kilmarnock (second spell)[edit]

Boyd signed a short-term deal until the end of the 2012–13 season with Kilmarnock in February 2013.[56] Boyd was given the number eleven shirt. In 2013–14, Boyd went on to have his most prolific season for the Ayrshire club, scoring 22 goals in 37 matches. His success in front of goal garnered a Scotland recall and a Player of the Year nomination.

Rangers (second spell)[edit]

2014-15 season[edit]

Boyd signed a one-year contract with Rangers, then of the Scottish Championship, on 27 June 2014.[57][58]

International career[edit]

Boyd was regularly selected for the Scotland under-21 team, winning eight caps and scoring once.[59]

On 11 May 2006, he made his debut for the Scotland national team and scored twice in a 5–1 win over Bulgaria in the Kirin Cup.[60] Boyd extended his fine international form into European Championship qualifying, scoring twice against the Faroe Islands in a 6–0 win and also against Georgia in a 2–1 win, his fifth goal in six games.[61]

On 11 October 2008, Boyd stated that he would not play international football again under manager George Burley. His decision came after Burley had left Boyd on the substitute bench in a 0–0 World Cup qualifying match against Norway, opting to bring on debutant Chris Iwelumo instead. When asked about the decision, Burley stated that Boyd had "to establish himself in the Rangers team, which he hasn't done".[62] After hearing those comments, Boyd contacted Burley to inform him of his decision, and confirmed his decision with Gordon Smith, the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association.[62] At a press conference on 13 October 2008, Burley hinted that the door might not be closed should Boyd reconsider, stating that Boyd, rather than he, had "made the decision", and that "...if [Boyd] is totally committed, that's what the country needs".[63] It was reported on 1 January 2009 that Burley would welcome Boyd back into the Scotland setup if he was willing to return.[64] On 16 November 2009, Burley was sacked as manager of Scotland after winning just three out of fourteen games as manager.[65]

After Craig Levein was appointed manager of Scotland, Boyd stated that he was "ready and willing" to play for Scotland again.[66] He was called up to the Scotland squad on 22 February 2010 to play against the Czech Republic in a friendly on 3 March and received his sixteenth cap in the second half of the game.[67] His most recent appearance was in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 7 September 2010. He was recalled for the friendly match against Norway on 19 November 2013.

International goals[edit]

Style of play[edit]

Boyd is typically defined as a goal poacher, whose key attribute is his strike rate. He scored an average of two goals for every three games when he arrived at Rangers; many of which came from the substitute bench, making his goals-to-games ratio even more impressive. He prefers to play in the penalty box, where he can play-off the shoulder of defenders who are close to their goals. Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish compared him to rival Ally McCoist in goalscoring ability.[citation needed]

When he fails to score, however, his overall contribution to the team is sometimes questioned. Manager Walter Smith occasionally chose not to play him owing to his lack of contribution to the overall team performance.[73] With Smith's common 4–5–1 formation, Boyd was not seen to be an effective lone striker.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 November 2014[4][74]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Kilmarnock Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 28 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 32 4
2002–03 38 12 1 0 1 0 40 12
2003–04 37 15 2 0 1 0 40 15
2004–05 30 17 3 2 2 0 35 19
2005–06 19 15 0 0 1 2 20 17
2005–06 Rangers 17 17 2 3 0 0 2 0 21 20
2006–07 32 20 1 2 2 1 9 3 44 26
2007–08 28 14 6 6 3 5 4 0 41 25
2008–09 35 27 5 1 4 3 2 0 46 31
2009–10 31 23 5 3 2 0 2 0 40 26
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Middlesbrough Championship 27 6 1 0 1 0 29 6
Nottingham Forest 121 6 0 0 0 0 12 6
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Eskişehirspor Süper Lig 2 0 0 0 2 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Portland Timbers MLS 26 7 1 0 27 7
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
2012–13 Kilmarnock Scottish Premier League 8 3 1 0 0 0 9 3
2013–14 Scottish Premiership 36 22 1 0 0 0 37 22
2014–15 Rangers Scottish Championship 13 2 1 1 4 2 32 3 21 8
Total Scotland 364 191 30 18 21 13 23 6 438 228
England 39 12 1 0 1 0 41 12
Turkey 2 0 0 0 2 0
USA 26 7 1 0 27 7
Career Total 431 210 32 18 22 13 23 6 508 247

1Includes two Championship play-off matches.

2Challenge Cup

Honours[edit]

Rangers
Individual

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