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Rangers striker Boyd hits back at Brown's criticism

By Andy Hampson

Kris Boyd insists the Rangers players do not need former Ibrox defender John Brown telling them they have been below standard this season.

The Scotland striker hit back at the nine-in-a-row hero after Brown singled him out for a stinging rebuke.

The ex-Dundee boss spoke out after the Light Blues fell nine points behind Scottish Championship rivals Hearts.

He claimed the performances put in by Boyd, strike partner Kenny Miller and skipper Lee McCulloch so far had been "disgraceful" and "shocking," but Boyd dismissed the 52-year-old's words - insisting Brown was just looking for publicity.

The 31-year-old said: "That's part and parcel of being at Rangers. It's not the first time (a former player has spoken out about me), it won't be the last time. When the manager tells you that you're not doing it, then you listen.

"Bomber (Brown), I've got a good relationship with him. Every time I see him, I speak to him. It's fine.

"I know the way Bomber works. He likes to open his mouth and have a go, but you can rest assured that it does not take him to come out and have a go for us to raise our game. It's up to us to do it ourselves.

"His words went in one ear and out the other.

"People have always got a lot to say about what happens at this club, but they only come out and say it when things are going bad. They are never quick to jump on the bandwagon when things are good. That's plain and simply because they don't get as much recognition.

Boyd also leapt to the defence of his team-mates against Brown's suggestion the members of Ally McCoist's side have not been "pulling their weight".

"Lee McCulloch is in here at eight o'clock every morning," said Boyd ahead of Tuesday's Petrofac Training Cup semi-final with Alloa.

"There is no-one who works harder than Lee McCulloch."

Alloa Athletic v Rangers, Petrofac Training Cup: Recreation Park, 7.45pm

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