Evening Times

Kris has no doubt shouting matches are good

- By MICHAEL GRANT

I T IS probably safe to assume that Kris Boyd has been given a mouthful or two by team-mates in the privacy of dressing rooms over the years.

There are matches when Boyd’s energy levels aren’t likely to be mistaken for a ball of fire, and few things get team-mates worked up more than the notion that a colleague isn’t pulling his weight.

Kyle Lafferty was the player on the receiving end of captain David Weir’s wrath at his inert first-half performanc­e at Aberdeen last weekend.

As Boyd downplayed that incident yesterday, as well as the training ground spat between Madjid Bougherra and Kenny Miller, he sounded like a man who has been on the receiving end of a few of them himself in the past.

“These things happen, it’s all part and parcel of football,” he said. “I’d rather have it out with my team-mates than someone else. If I’m not doing my job I’d rather hear it from a team-mate. If it helps the club then I’m sure the gaffer would be happy to have one every day.

“These things are done to get a reaction. The people involved will have their side of the story. There was obviously an issue with them but it’s out in the open. You are as well speaking your mind, there is no point in covering things up.

“We’re paid to do a job and if someone isn’t doing it and it’s hindering your performanc­e then you’re entitled to tell him.

“You set out as a team to win and you need everybody pulling together. You need to handle the pressure and perform – if you can’t do that you don’t deserve to be here.”

Boyd will take to the field at Falkirk today intent on scoring the 150th SPL goal of his career and he admitted the milestone was at the back of his mind.

The match begins a major month for Rangers in which they also play Sevilla next Wednesday and then St Johnstone, Motherwell, Hibs, and Dundee United (twice) before the January 3 Old Firm game at Parkhead.

Rangers will go top of the league if they beat Falkirk at lunchtime, albeit Celtic would be only two points behind when kicking off against Aberdeen at 3pm.

Rangers’ defeat at Aberdeen was their first away reverse in Scotland for a year, and their first SPL loss of the season.

It came four days after they went out of the Champions League against Stuttgart.

“I know the fans are hurting at the moment, but so are the players,” said Boyd. “It’s been hard for everyone to concentrat­e on football with all the matters off the pitch. As a footballer you try not to worry what’s going on off the park.”

Boyd is out of contract in May and there have been no talks about keeping him beyond that.

“I’m in a situation where I don’t know what’s going to happen with me. Other people are sorted and they know they are going to be here.

“But I have to forget about that because each week I need to go out and perform to a standard and prove I’m good enough to wear this jersey.”

His manager, Walter Smith, also faces contractua­l uncertaint­y although yesterday he distanced himself from the Scotland job. “As a player at Rangers I don’t want him to leave,” said Boyd.

“I’m sure we all feel the same, right down to the fans. Rangers are my priority and I want Walter here. You want what’s best for the club and I don’t think there are many better managers kicking around than Walter Smith. If we were to lose him it would be a big blow.”

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