Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Free-scoring Boyd wants Celtic start

Kris Boyd insists his prolific goalscoring form is all down to his Rangers team-mates after bringing his tally for the season to 18.

The striker netted the only goal of the game against Hibernian to allow Rangers to move to within a single point of Celtic, ahead of the Scottish champions’ game with Falkirk.

The 25-year-old has found the back of the net in the last six games and is on course to reach his target of 40 goals this term.

But Boyd refused to take all the credit, claiming strike partner Kenny Miller and the rest of the team deserve the plaudits too.

"It’s down to the amount of chances being created for me by my team-mates," he said.

"It’s easy to get your confidence up when you’re scoring goals and that’s down to Kenny and the four midfielders.

"It’s important to get a run going but as long as the chances are still there, that’s the most important thing.

"That’s been the case every week and fortunately enough in the last few weeks I’ve been able to take them."

Boyd has not featured in the last five games against Celtic but hopes he has now done enough to convince Walter Smith to unleash him in Saturday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

"Obviously I want to play," he said. "I’m a footballer and I want to play in every game. I’m no different from anyone else.

"The Celtic games are a bit special and I want to be part of that next week.

"All I can do is my best on the park and I’ve got another goal so all I can do now is wait and see if I’m named in the team for next week.

"When Celtic dropped points last week that gave us a chance and we have got the three points this weekend and that sets us up for next week.

"We will be confident going into that game."

Boyd clinched the points against Hibs with an overhead kick and admits he was relieved the see the ball hitting the net after being restricted in front of goal by the Edinburgh club.

"We huffed and puffed for most of the game and had a couple of chances but nothing really serious after the chance I had in the first five minutes.

"They came with a game plan and they sat two deep midfielders in front of the two centre-halves.

"There was no room for strikers or midfielders pushing forward. It was difficult but we’ve got the three points and that’s the main thing."

Asked where it went wrong for Hibs, boss Mixu Paatelainen replied: "At one set-piece. I felt we were not aggressive enough attacking the ball at that set-piece and they got a goal.

"It was a fantastic finish from Boyd in a difficult position. Other than that, the way we defended was fantastic."

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