Evening Times

BOYD: WE’RE PLAYING FOR MORE THAN PRIDE

- By ALISON McCONNELL

KRIS BOYD has urged Walter Smith to play him against Sevilla on Wednesday night.

The Ibrox hitman, who closed in on Henrik Larsson’s all-time SPL record of 158 goals with a double over Falkirk at the weekend, was taken off with a thigh strain and Smith later revealed that there were question marks over his involvemen­t against the Spanish club.

With Rangers already out of the Champions League, there is no pressure on the Ibrox side going into the game, but Boyd has insisted that he wants to play – and that Rangers are going to Spain for all three points. And it is not just pride

that is at stake. The monetary value of more points would amount to some kind of bonus for Rangers, with £200,000 awarded for a win in the group stages and £100,000 for a draw.

Given the current economic plight of the club, any money has to be seen as vital. “It would be good to get that additional cash in, but from a player’s point of view it is important just to go out and put on a performanc­e,” said Boyd.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a meaningles­s game or not when you pull on a Rangers jersey and play with that badge on your shirt then you need to put in a shift regardless of what is at stake.

“We’ll see how the injury is over the next couple of days but I hope I am okay for Wednesday because I want to play. I want to score as many goals as I can and I want to have another crack at the Champions League.

“If I am not selected then fair enough. I will get my head down and look towards the weekend but I would like to have a part to play.”

Boyd is also wary of the fact that a defeat, regardless of circumstan­ce, can always have an impact on a squad.

While on paper the consequenc­es of the game are nothing, the fact is that Rangers are trying to build a head of steam going into a run of matches that could put them back on top of the league before next month’s Old Firm game.

“When you lose a game, especially in Europe, it can have an effect on you as a team,” he said. “There is still criticism that comes with it, whereas if you go out and win and put on a good performanc­e then you at least feel as though you are doing your job as well as you can.

“We want to go into this Christmas run of fixtures in a decent position and to do that we have a few big games coming up that we want to win.”

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