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GUTTED; Boyd smashes 150 goal barrier.

Byline: EUAN McLEAN

RANGERS striker Kris Boyd stormed into the history books at Falkirk yesterday then straight into a European injury scare.

The hungry hitman burst through the 150-goal barrier with a double as Gers warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League trip to Sevilla through a morale-boosting 3-1 win.

It was the perfect way to silence Bairns fans who were giving Boyd stick for being overweight - but he was booked after his opener for showing off his BELLY.

And the 26-year-old's day also ended on a sour note when he limped off 20 minutes from time with a thigh strain.

Now boss Walter Smith admits his top scorer faces a race against time to be fit for the Euro clash.

Smith said: "Unfortunately Kris was injured and is a doubt for the match in Spain."

Boyd now has 151 SPL goals - just seven short of Celtic legend Henrik Larsson's all-time record.

Smith said: "It's a terrific level for Kris to reach. He's still young and has the chance to keep adding to that tally. It's some achievement to have scored so many goals when you consider how few m a t c h e s h e has played.

"His ratio is under a goal every two games. Kris has been doing well and the main thing is continuing to score."

Smith also had a pop at ref Willie Collum for Boyd's yellow card and claimed the whistler had no sense of humour.

The Ibrox gaffer said: "These bookings are a bit harsh.

"Supporters in general like to see players celebrating - although Kris was probably reacting to taunts he was getting.

"He's quite proud of how he's looking at the moment so maybe he wanted to show it off."

Boyd, who still hopes to play in Seville, said: "I don't know why you can't have a bit of banter on the park. "If fans give stick out they have to take it back but these things happen. "I was pleased to get past 150 but it doesn't matter about breaking records - it was just another goal. "I'm paid to put the ball in the net and with the amount of chances my team-mates create I can do that if I put myself in the right positions."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 6, 2009
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