Stars of the noughties: No 8, Kris Boyd

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THE archetypal old-fashioned No 9. There was nothing complicated about Kris Boyd’s game, he just scored goals.

The striker’s tally of 164 goals from his time at Kilmarnock and Rangers make him the highest goalscorer in SPL history. He hit double figures in nine consecutive seasons, finishing top scorer in four, and won six domestic trophies.

Yet, the era in which he played perhaps harmed his career. Despite all those goals, he made just 18 Scotland appearances and now aged 29 finds his career drifting into anonymity in the MLS. Boyd was often left on the bench for the big matches: European ties and games against Celtic. He’d score goals, on average, in two of every three games for Rangers, but wasn’t trusted to track back, harry defenders and link well with his team-mates outside the area.

Still, at this best he was a ferocious goalscorer and in the 2005/06 season he netted 37 times in 41 appearances for both Kilmarnock and Rangers.