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RANGERS STAR BOYD BY MOVE BACK TO IBROX; SCOTTISH FOOTBALL.

Byline: GARY RALLSTON

KRIS BOYD was a lost boy before he found the road to redemption that has led him back to his beloved Rangers.

The most prolific marksman in SPL history spoke with disarming honesty yesterday on why his career failed to hit the heights after his move from Ibrox in 2010.

Boyd hit 127 goals in four and a half years in his first stint with the Light Blues.

But he failed to add to his reputation in moves to Middlesbrough, Turks Eskisehirspor and MLS outfit Portland Timbers.

The Scotland star was signed by former Rangers striker John Spencer but the move Stateside failed to reignite his scoring form and Boyd admits his career was in danger of going down the pan.

His rehabilitation began when he joined Kilmarnock (right) last season and scored 22 goals to almost singlehandedly save them from the drop. Now Ally McCoist has turned to him again to fire the goals that will help take Rangers to the Premiership and see off the challenge of Championship rivals including Hearts and Hibs.

Boyd, still just 30, said: "I can't say I knew I was going to return to Rangers. I was probably on the road to nowhere at one point but got myself back together.

"I was used to playing every week at Rangers and Kilmarnock but at other clubs I was playing one week but not for the following three or four and I must be sharp.

"I was the cause of my own downfall. Once I was out of the team, instead of knuckling down I just waited for the manager to put me back in, rather than showing I deserved it.

"The penny dropped when I went to Turkey then America. I knew scoring a goal in the first 10 minutes wasn't enough to guarantee a start the next week.

"It took going to Kilmarnock to really enjoy football again and get myself in a condition to compete for 90 minutes and score goals in the 90th."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2014
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