King aim­ing at wrong tar­gets, be­lieves Boyd

Striker hits back at Rangers crit­i­cism

The Herald - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - CALUM CROWE

KRIS BOYD, the for­mer Rangers striker, has re­sponded to crit­i­cism from Dave King by say­ing that the Ibrox chair­man ought to con­cern him­self more with putting an end to a cul­ture of “in-fight­ing” at the club, rather than indulging in the con­dem­na­tion of for­mer play­ers.

Boyd was one of 11 play­ers al­lowed to leave Rangers last month af­ter their fail­ure to gain pro­mo­tion to the Premier­ship and yesterday signed a two-year deal, with the op­tion for a third, at Kil­marnock, which marks his third spell with the Ayr­shire club.

Ear­lier this month, King had lamented those 11 play­ers by in­sist­ing they had “failed mis­er­ably” in their at­tempts to gain pro­mo­tion from the Cham­pi­onship, which ul­ti­mately ended with a cat­a­strophic 6-1 ag­gre­gate de­feat to Mother­well in the play-off fi­nal, and that “no new man­ager would want to keep them at the club”.

How­ever, Boyd has re­sponded to that and ex­plained that more could have been done to ap­point a new man­ager at Ibrox last sea­son. He also re­vealed that dam­ag­ing in­ternecine con­flict had be­come preva­lent, with var­i­ous fig­ures at the club too of­ten look­ing to “stitch each other up”.

“Dave King is en­ti­tled to his opin­ion,” said the 31-year-old tar­get man. “In my opin­ion, how­ever, he has got far big­ger is­sues to fix at Rangers rather than to spend his time talk­ing about for­mer play­ers.

“If I had one crit­i­cism of him, then it would be that he should have gone and got a man­ager far quicker that could have dealt with ev­ery­thing, rather than him try­ing to deal with it all him­self.

“There was so much in-fight­ing around the club. For in­stance, why did Dave King do that press con­fer­ence, in which he crit­i­cised for­mer play­ers, when he was al­ready due to an­nounce a new man­ager the fol­low­ing week?

“It was like two press con­fer­ences for noth­ing. I think who­ever is ad­vis­ing Dave King re­ally needs to have a look at them­selves, rather than just look­ing af­ter their own in­ter­ests.

“Rangers as a club need to be pulling in the same di­rec­tion. There’s no point in some­one work­ing at the club say­ing they need to do x, y or z, and then another em­ployee say­ing they need to do some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent.

“It needs to be a col­lec­tive ef­fort — and that in­cludes ev­ery­one who works on the media and press side of the club as well. There’s no point in stitch­ing peo­ple up be­hind their back and hold­ing press con­fer­ences at ran­dom.

“At the end of the day, peo­ple just need to do their job at the club and speak about football. Rangers need to get back to do­ing what they do best —

win­ning games of football and get­ting back to the top of Scot­tish football.”

Af­ter a tu­mul­tuous sea­son in which some sec­tions of Rangers fans openly booed and jeered their own play­ers, Boyd be­lieves that cer­tain mem­bers of the Ibrox play­ing staff were used as scape­goats for the wider fail­ings of the team.

“I’m not hav­ing a go at any­one per­son­ally but the team col­lec­tively didn’t per­form as it should have done. Yeah, the strik­ers didn’t score, but the mid­field­ers also didn’t cre­ate and our de­fend­ers didn’t de­fend as well as they should have done. It was a col­lec­tive prob­lem,” he said.

“It was easy for peo­ple to blame guys who have been at the club be­fore, the likes of my­self, Kenny Miller and Lee McCul­loch. A lot of the rea­sons for our fail­ure was pinned on us and we took a lot of crit­i­cism.

“When I look back, there were peo­ple who weren’t do­ing enough. But there are also peo­ple still at the club who might well con­tinue to not do enough and get away with it.”

MCCUL­LOCH: One of the se­nior play­ers blamed un­fairly for the chaos at Rangers, ac­cord­ing to Boyd

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