Just who is Kris Boyd and what allowed this man to break the record set by the famous Henrik Larsson. There is no doubting the difference in class between the two players, Larsson being renound throughout Europe and appreciated at every club he participated in and was in my eyes the last great player to ever grace the SPL. With Boyd possibly facing a return to the SPL, the need to re-tell the facts behind the man that holds the all time scoring record is clear. The man is apart of history and a return to the SPL would be exciting. Only Rangers possess a means for his return and lets hope the man who Boyd replaced, welcomes him back.

Kris Boyd grew up in Ayr and applied his footballing skills throughout his young years and actually began his footballing career at Rangers before eventually moving closer to home and joining the Kilmarnock youth setup. Got his break at Kilmarnock when current Rangers manager Ally McCoist decided to bring an end to his career following a highly successful career at Rangers. This career saw the striker become the first ever player to win the golden boot two years running while at Rangers and during his entire career he managed to bag 292 goals in 590 games. It was in the 2000-2001 season where Kris Boyd made his league debut at the age of 18.

It wasn’t until the following season until Boyd made his impact upon the league under the colours of Kilmarnock. Boyd burst upon the scene as a target man with an eye for goal and in his first full season he fired 12 in goals. Building upon this tally the next season, Boyd produced an impressive display to score 15 goals and bettered it the next season(04-05) with 19 goals including a club record of 5 in one match against Dundee United. It was the 05-06 season where Boyd made his biggest impact within the league. Not only did he nearly better his scoring record of 19 with Kilmarnock, he scored these 17 goals in the first half of the season and this outstanding form finally earned him a move to his boyhood heros, Rangers.

Boyd signed for Rangers off the back of 17 goals and his red hot form continued into his Rangers debut where he fired a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Peterhead. This form continued and Boyd soon became a fan favourite, with reasons clear to see. 20 goals in 17 appearances for his new club Rangers resulted in Boyd being the first player to be top goal scorer at two clubs within the same season. Ending the season with 37 goals, Boyd was fulfilling the early promise and his hunger for goals drove the striker onwards. It was during this goal scoring season that Boyd received his first international call up under Rangers favourite Walter Smith. Scored 2 goals during his debut and Scotland won their first silverware when winning the Kirin cup in Japan.

In his first full season for Rangers, Boyd finished with a 25 goals. Not as prolific as last season, however it was during this 06-07 season where Rangers failed to preform under the management of Paul Le Guen. Walter Smith left Scotland to steady the Rangers ship which ended with the Glasgow club finishing outside the top two for the first time in 18 years. During the next season(07-08) Boyd had entered history books by reaching the 100 goal barrier by scoring during a 2-0 victory over rivals Celtic and under Walter Smiths reign, Boyd broke the 50th goal barrier for the club and helped the club to win both the Scottish cup and the League cup with a total of 25 goals. Walter Smiths 2nd full season(08-09) in charge saw the club win the league for the first time in 3 years with Boyd firing an impressive 31 goals in all competitions and turning down a move to Birmingham. Boyd again helped Rangers to the domestic title by firing 26 goals during the 09-10 season.

During his last season, Boyd surpassed Henrik Larsson’s SPL record of 158 goals. It was more than fitting fashion that the game in which Boyd equalled and passed the record was the demolition of Dundee United which saw Boyd score 5 goals. Boyd eventually left Rangers for Middlesbrough on a free transfer ending his love affair with the SPL, Boyd scored 164 goals in 296. Though not as impressive as Larsson return of 158 in 186, Boyd started his career in the SPL with Kilmarnock from a young age and was unlucky to not have played in such a quality team as Larsson did . Boyds exploits with Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Eskisehirspor were beyond a failure and it can only be said that Boyd is a true SPL striker and should come home. Throughout his career in the SPL, Boyd faced scrutiny over his weight and work ethic and he answered in the only way he knew, scoring goals. Lets hope McCoist can bring this natural goal scorer home.


by Gavin Knox –  you can follow him on twitter @gav_42