It’s here. What football fans all over Europe have been waiting for, the January transfer window.

Its that time of year when you hope your side can capture the signature of that one player who will make all the difference, we Rangers supporters are no different.

So to get you all in the transfer mood I have picked out the best of Rangers’ winter transfer business, and over the next two days I will present them to you.

Enjoy the links at the end.

PART 4.

KRIS BOYD: JANUARY 2006

Rangers are lucky Kilmarnock never wanted Boyd’s weight in goals for a transfer fee, instead accepting an offer of around £400,000 for the prolific striker.

Boyd had come up through the youth ranks at Kilmarnock, making his debut on the last day of the season 2000-01, on the same day a certain Ally McCoist hung up his boots.

The following season Boyd set about carving his reputation as a goal scorer, finding the net 12 times in his first as a first-team player.

In September 2004 Boyd surpassed another feat, scoring all five goals in a Kilmarnock victory over Dundee United, Boyd would finish that season with 19 goals.

When his goalscoring exploits continued into the 2005-06 season, English Championship sides really started to firm up interest, bids from Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday were accepted by Kilmarnock, but the player rejected the moves holding out after being informed of interest by the club he had supported since he was a boy, Rangers.

The Rangers manager made his move and Boyd officially joined the Ibrox club on 1st January 2006, waving half his signing on fee to put towards the youth set-up at Kilmarnock.

Boyd netted a hat-trick on his debut and would go on to score 20 goals from just 17 starts in his first six months at Rangers, becoming the first player to finish top goal scorer for two different clubs in the same season.

His goal scoring continued, even into the Paul Le Guen era despite him being left frustrated when the bigger games came calling, this was down to the striker’s perceived laziness and lack of all-around game.

Upon Walter Smith’s arrival for his second spell in charge, this was a trend that continued, Boyd scoring for fun against the rest of the SPL but found warming the bench when the Old Firm and European nights came around. Despite overtaking Henrik Larsson as the SPL’s greatest ever goalscorer, Boyd decided to leave Ibrox for the riches of the English Championship, when his contract expired in May 2010.

Boyd, of course, would return to Ibrox for a fated second spell in 2014, under manager Ally McCoist, but in truth he looks far fitter now than he ever did then, leaving to head back to Kilmarnock for a third spell in June 2015.

It is his first transfer in the winter of 2006 that we focus on today, one that’s hard to argue was a great bit of business. If only we could find a similar player for that fee in this window.

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