Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Boyd seeks assurance over Smith's Rangers future

Kris Boyd has revealed his decision to sign a new contract with Rangers will be heavily influenced by whether manager Walter Smith has a future at the club.

The striker is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree a new deal, with a number of clubs south of the border reportedly interested in a possible summer swoop.

With 22 goals already this season, the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's record-breaking scorer has once again demonstrated his importance to the cause and the Scottish champions have made no secret of their desire to retain his services.

However, a question mark also hangs over Smith's future at Ibrox, with the Rangers boss and his backroom staff working without contracts since January in a bid to ease the club's financial worries.

Asked whether Smith remaining at Rangers would affect his own decision to sign a new deal, Boyd admitted: "It would have a big influence in it.

"I've said before that he is a manager I wanted to play under and a manager who has shown faith in me.

"I would like to keep paying him back for showing that faith in me by scoring goals every week.

"We've had our fall-outs and disagreements along the way but that's part and parcel of football.

"He has given me the chance to play at the level I am and, if he was here, I would be delighted.

"When you see the job he has done with the finances the way they are just now, I think it's a credit to him."

"The goals have still been coming but hopefully in the next few weeks I can get my fitness back up to where it was before the [double hernia] operation.”

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