Kris Boyd wants another crack at Celtic in top six
The former Rangers striker is the top flight’s all-time leading marksman but he does not have the best memories of facing his Parkhead rivals.
The 18-cap former Scotland striker made his debut for Kilmarnock against Celtic in May 2001 but since then he has scored just once in 20 meetings.
During his four-and-a-half-year stint with the Ibrox men, he netted an incredible 101 goals but there was frustration too as he was often overlooked for Old Firm clashes.
But, after claiming his first strike of his second spell with the Ayrshiremen against St Mirren on Wednesday night, he is hoping to get himself on target again when John Brown’s Dens Park side visit.
A win would secure a place in the upper half of the SPL table and guarantee them another match with Neil Lennon’s league leaders.
Boyd said: “If Killie could get into the top six, it would be massive considering the players they have lost, the finances of the club and even the clubs that are below them. Your Dundee Uniteds, your Aberdeens – they are spending a lot more money than Kilmarnock are.
“The most important thing is to get in that top six. Once you do that, you can enjoy the rest of the season. It’s good to have those games against Celtic and the other teams who have played well during the season.
“If we do manage to clinch the top-six slot, we would look forward to that but we have to take care of Dundee first.”
Before his midweek equaliser against the Buddies, Boyd – who quit Rangers for Middlesbrough three years ago before moving on for spells in Turkey and the USA – had not netted on Scottish soil since his last game for Rangers on the final day of the 2009-10 season.
But he showed he had lost none of his predatory instincts as he struck 90 seconds after the break to cancel out the Paisley side’s opener, scored by Portuguese front man Esmael Goncalves, and take his SPL tally to 165 goals.
For Boyd, it was more a moment of relief than joy after ending a miserable period in which he tore up his contract with Turkish side Eskisehirspor after a pay dispute, only to then find himself released by MLS outfit Portland Timbers following a barren spell in front of goal.
“The most important thing for me was to get back playing football,” he said. “I’ve managed to do that the last couple of games. The goal against St Mirren was just a bonus.
“I’ve always been lucky that I’ve scored numerous goals in my career but to get back playing is a relief. I base my game on goals and I know if I get myself in the positions I will score, so it’s good to be back.”
Boyd has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season and has been linked with a move back to Rangers next term. However, the player himself admits he has no idea where his future lies.
He said: “It’s been a tough couple of years for me but it’s time to move on and get myself back playing and scoring goals. Coming back to Killie has given me that platform to work from and hopefully tonight is the start of a few more before the end of the season.
“I’ve learned over the last couple of years not to take anything for granted in football. That’s a fact of life. But I’m looking forward to closing the season out with Kilmarnock and we’ll take if from there. I might be here next season, you never know.”