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Kris Boyd
Kris Boyd.jpg
Boyd after scoring in the 5-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 1 November 2008.
Personal information
Full name Kris Boyd
Date of birth 18 August 1983 (1983-08-18) (age 26)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 9
Youth career
Kilmarnock Youth[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Kilmarnock 153 (63)
2006– Rangers 136 (99)
National team
2002–2005 Scotland U21 8 (1)
2003–2006 Scotland B 3 (0)
2006– Scotland 16 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:29, 19 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:29, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Kris Boyd (born 18 August 1983 in Irvine, Ayrshire) is a Scottish professional association footballer currently playing for Scottish Premier League side Rangers. He plays as a centre forward, wearing the club's number 9 shirt.

Boyd grew up in the Ayrshire village of Tarbolton and started his senior career with Kilmarnock. He transferred to Rangers in January 2006, and has been Rangers' top goalscorer in every season since his arrival.[2] He is presently the highest goalscorer in the history of the SPL,[3] with 162 goals in total.[4]

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 sixteen appearances for the senior national side, though withdrew from the team in 2008 and only made himself available for selection again after George Burley's departure as manager.


Early life

Boyd was raised in the village of Tarbolton, near Ayr, and was a Rangers fan while growing up.[5]

He began his footballing career at Rangers, playing in several trial matches.[6] However, he eventually joined the youth development program at Kilmarnock, ten miles from his home village,[7] at the age of twelve.[8]

Club career



Boyd signed a senior contract with Kilmarnock on 25 August 1999[9] and made his debut for the club as a substitution on the last day of the 2000–01 season against Celtic.[1] 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) and Christophe Cocard, scoring four goals in total.

During the 2002–03 season, he scored 12 times and won Kilmarnock's award for Young Player of the Year. He scored a total of fifteen goals in the 2003–04 season. In September 2004 he almost set an SPL record when he scored all five of Kilmarnock's goals against Dundee United.[10] He scored 19 goals in all competitions in the 2004–05 season.

Boyd's form during the 2005–06 attracted interest from English Championship sides Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday; however, Boyd rejected the moves despite GB£500,000 offers from both clubs.[11]


Following speculation that he would sign in the January transfer window, Boyd officially joined Rangers on 1 January 2006.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] He also finished as second top scorer in the European golden boot.[citation needed]

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.[17] 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, the first in a 2–0 victory for Rangers.[18]

The following season 2007–2008 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.[19]

Boyd won the first trophy of his career on 16 March 2008 when Rangers defeated Dundee United to win the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final. He scored both of Rangers' goals in the 2–2 draw and scored the winning penalty in the subsequent penalty shootout.[20] 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 competitons for Rangers.

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.[7][21] In season 2008–2009 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.[22]

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.[23]

International career

Boyd was a regular in the Scotland under-21 team, winning eight caps and scoring once.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26]

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".[27] 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.[27] 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".[28] It was reported on 1 January 2009 that Burley would welcome Boyd back into the Scotland setup if he was willing to return.[29] On the 16 November, 2009, Burley was sacked as manager of Scotland after winning just three out of fourteen games as manager.[30]

After Craig Levein was appointed manager of Scotland, Boyd stated that he was "ready and willing" to play for Scotland again.[31] 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.[32]

International goals

No. Date Venue Opponent Score[33] Result[33] Competition
1. 11 May 2006 Kobe, Japan  Bulgaria 1–0 5–1[25] Kirin Cup
2. 11 May 2006 Kobe, Japan  Bulgaria 2–1 5–1[25] Kirin Cup
3. 2 September 2006 Glasgow, Scotland  Faroe Islands 3–0 6–0[34] UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4. 2 September 2006 Glasgow, Scotland  Faroe Islands 5–0 6–0[34] UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
5. 24 March 2007 Glasgow, Scotland  Georgia 1–0 2–1[35] UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
6. 22 August 2007 Aberdeen, Scotland  South Africa 1–0 1–0[36] Friendly match
7. 8 September 2007 Glasgow, Scotland  Lithuania 1–0 3–1[37] UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

Style of play

Boyd is typically defined as a goal poacher, whose key attribute is his strike rate. He has scored an average of two goals for every three games since his arrival at Rangers;[38] many of these have come from the substitute bench, making his goals-to-games ratio even more impressive.[39] He prefers to play in the penalty box,[40] where he can play off the shoulders of defenders who are close to their goals. Alex McLeish considered him to rival Ally McCoist in goalscoring ability.[41]

When he fails to score, however, his overall contribution to the team is often questioned.[42] Manager Walter Smith occasionally chose not to play him owing to his lack of contribution to the overall team performance;[43] With Smith's common 4-5-1 formation, Boyd was not seen to be an effective lone striker.[44] Commentators have noted, however, that as his style of play relies on good service from the rest of the team Boyd may have been an effective player in an earlier era when Rangers' affluence afforded them higher-quality players with which to service the striker.[39]

Career statistics

As of 17 March 2010.[4]
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kilmarnock 2000-01 1 0 0 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 0 0 40 12
2003-04 37 15 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 15
2004-05 30 17 3 2 2 0 0 0 35 19
2005-06 19 15 0 0 1 2 0 0 20 17
Total 153 63 8 2 6 2 1 0 168 67
Rangers 2005-06 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 24 21 4 3 1 0 2 0 31 24
Total 136 99 18 15 10 9 19 3 183 126
Career total 289 162 26 17 16 11 20 3 351 193




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  2. ^ Murray, Keir (2008-05-13). "Rangers player profiles". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Kris Boyd reacts quickly to wage drop threat". STV Sport. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b Kris Boyd career stats at Soccerbase
  5. ^ Smith, Ken (15 October 2008). "Gold Rush". The Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Boyd has youth on his side for new move". The Sunday Herald. 2005-11-13. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  7. ^ a b Michael Grant (2009-10-10). "The long goodbye for Kris Boyd". The Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Stewart Fisher reports on coach Alan". The Sunday Herald. 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  9. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  10. ^ "Kilmarnock 5-2 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. 2004-09-25. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Boyd says no to Cardiff approach". BBC Sport. 2005-08-25. 
  12. ^ "Striker Boyd seals Rangers move". BBC Sport. 2005-12-22. 
  13. ^ Martin Greig (2005-12-28). "Boyd donation bridges gap in Kilmarnock development fund". The Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Rangers 5-0 Peterhead". BBC Sport. 2006-01-07. 
  15. ^ Halliday, Stephen. "Boyd admits Le Guen factor is in effect". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  16. ^ "Boyd signs Rangers deal extension". BBC Sport. 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  17. ^ "Scottish Football News — Scottish Premier League Update January 2007". Soccerphile. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  18. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (2007-05-05). "Rangers 2-0 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  19. ^ "Smith delighted for 50-goal Boyd". BBC Sport. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  20. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (2008-03-16). "Dundee Utd 2-2 Rangers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  21. ^ "Blues end bid to sign Gers' Boyd". BBC Sport. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  22. ^ "First Team Profiles | Kris Boyd". Rangers F.C. club website.,,5~20013,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  23. ^ Murray, Ewan (2009-12-30). "Record-breaker Kris Boyd hits five as Rangers crush Dundee United". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  24. ^ Challenge Matches 2003-2004 at the Internet Archive
  25. ^ a b c "Scotland 5-1 Bulgaria". BBC Sport. 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  26. ^ "Result Finder: Scottish Football Association". The Scottish FA. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  27. ^ a b "Boyd quits Scotland under Burley". BBC Sport. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  28. ^ "Burley hits back at striker Boyd". BBC Sport. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  29. ^ "I'll take Boyd back". The Scottish Sun. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  30. ^ "Burley sacked as Scotland manager". BBC Sport. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  31. ^ "Boyd 'ready' for Scotland return". BBC Sport. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  32. ^ "Injured keeper Allan McGregor omitted from Scots squad". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  33. ^ a b Scotland's score is shown first
  34. ^ a b Moffat, Colin (2006-09-02). "Scotland 6-0 Faroe Islands". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  35. ^ Taylor, Julian (2007-03-24). "Scotland 2-1 Georgia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  36. ^ "Scotland 1-0 South Africa". BBC Sport. 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  37. ^ Moffat, Colin (2007-09-08). "Scotland 3-1 Lithuania". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  38. ^ Spiers, Graham (28 September 2009). "Give Kris Boyd his chance against Seville". The Times Online. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  39. ^ a b Broadfoot, Darryl (2009-10-06). "Kris Boyd slips further down Ibrox bill despite unexpected Old Firm cameo". The Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  40. ^ Esplin, Ronnie. "Stein backs 'poacher' striker to be a success". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  41. ^ "Boyd's nose for goal reminds Eck of Coisty". Daily Mail Online. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  42. ^ Broadfoot, Darryl (2007-08-04). "Boyd is determined to prove critics wrong once again". The Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  43. ^ Broadfoot, Darryl (2008-05-26). "Smith ponders the enigma that is Kris Boyd". The Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  44. ^ Spiers, Graham (30 October 2007). "Mystery of Kris Boyd’s striking lack of chances at Rangers". The Times Online. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  45. ^ "Walter Smith and Kris Boyd rewarded for Rangers form". BBC Sport. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 

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Simple English

Kris Boyd
Personal information
Full name Kris Boyd
Date of birth 18 August 1983 (1983-08-18) (age 27)
Place of birth    Irvine, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 9
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
2006- Scotland

Kris Boyd (born 18 August 1983) is a Scottish football player. He plays for Rangers and Scotland national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2000/01KilmarnockPremier League100000-10
2005/06RangersPremier League17172300202120
CountryScotland 26514222141511183320170
Total 26514222141511183320170

International career statistics


Scotland national team



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