Rangers icon Ally McCoist has claimed that former Ibrox goal-machine Kris Boyd is the “best finisher of his generation” after he became Kilmarnock’s joint second all-time top league goalscorer.
Boyd has enjoyed three spells at Kilmarnock with two stints at Ibrox sandwiched in those and the striker made his senior debut replacing McCoist in his final senior appearance.
The pair worked together at Ibrox and for Scotland later on and McCoist opened up on a moment in a game at Ibrox which left him in no doubt of Boyd’s quality in front of goal.
“I speak to Boydy. I said all along he has been the best finisher of his generation in this country,” McCoist said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I saw him first-hand in training and in games and he is just a natural finisher. I remember at Kilmarnock when he made his debut in my last game when we beat Celtic 1-0 to qualify for Europe. The following season I went to watch him at Ibrox and he instinctively hit a shot from the edge of the box which came back off the post.
“I always thought watching him in training that he was good. But that was the moment when I thought, ‘Aye, this boy can seriously finish’.”
Boyd hit 138 goals over his two spells at Ibrox – a long way off McCoist’s record of 355 – but there are few Ibrox strikers in recent memory who had that knack of being in the right place at the right time like Boyd.
The former Scotland international was absolutely clinical, during his first spell at least, and Rangers have never really replaced Boyd’s goal-scoring – although Alfredo Morelos is doing a fantastic job of showing just how good a goalscorer he can be.
There’s little doubt though that Boyd was out on his own when it came to goalscorers in Scottish football when he was at his best.