Kris Boyd close to Kilmarnock return


Former Scotland international Kris Boyd looks set to rejoin his former club Kilmarnock following a seven-year absence from Rugby Park.

The 29-year-old striker was released by MLS outfit Portland Timbers after failing to set the heather alight in the States and will now sign for his first club until the end of the season, subject to a medical.

Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston commented: “Personal terms have been agreed and we don’t expect the medical to throw up any problems.”

Boyd spent six years at Rugby Park making 153 appearance and scoring 63 goals, before transferring to Rangers for £400,000 in January 2006, where he became the SPL’s highest scorer with 164 goals. After four years at Ibrox he left on a free transfer to the English Championship side Middlesborough, but failed to make an impact in the North East. He was farmed out on loan, six months after signing for Boro, to Championship opponents Nottingham Forest but failed to secure any hint of a future in the English game and departed the UK for Turkey. His stint with Eskisehirspor was a disaster and his contract was ripped up and he departed for the MLS where he failed to break into the Timbers first team and – much to the Timbers fans delight – terminated Boyd’s contract at the end of this season.

Other than the medical, Boyd’s move will also be subject to international clearance, but there should be very little if anything to stand in his way in that respect.

The former Scotland striker will not be registered in time to face Aberdeen on Saturday, but could be in line for a second debut for Kilmarnock against Hibernian at Easter Road on Wednesday 27th February.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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