Thursday, 2 April 2015

Boyd to become Kilmarnock coach

Interim Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke is in talks to bring Rangers striker Kris Boyd back to Rugby Park, but as a coach rather than player.

Boyd, who has spent the majority of his career at Ibrox and Rugby Park, returned to Ibrox with much fanfare last year, but has sadly failed to make the mark in Govan unlike his first spell.

On the other hand he was exceptional for Killie last term, with a colossal 25 goals in the SPL, but it has not transferred to this campaign.

He has conceded he has been a ‘failure’ and truthfully his interviews to the press this season were of a dead man walking, angling for a move out.

“For the other 20 games of the season they’ve not really done anything, but that’s not me. Whether it’s a Scottish Cup Final, a league decider, a team at the bottom of the Championship or in League Two, I look to score as many goals as I can.

“Coming here, the big thing for me was to target that 20-plus figure that a Rangers striker should have with the chances you get.

“If you don’t then I think you’ve failed. And, at this moment, as a Rangers striker this time around, it’s safe to say I’ve failed.”

His confidence has been sadly absent, with an uncharacteristic Boyd out there, and while he has scored 10 goals, most have been cup strikes, with only three in the league.

Locke is understood to be close to becoming the permanent manager in Ayrshire, with discussions ongoing and is keen on Boyd alongside him as assistant.

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