Kris Boyd scored a hattrick as his Kilmarnock XI dispatched a special Rangers Euro XI 6-3 at Rugby Park today.
But whilst it was Boydy’s day, there was an emotional sub-plot playing out that’ll have fans teary-eyed. Ex-Rangers hero Nacho Novo – who suffered a heart attack in January and a stroke in May – returned to the football pitch.
And he even got a goal to celebrate it.
— Professor Ian Welsh OBE (@IanMWelsh) November 17, 2018
Well done Nacho
Nacho is a club legend and it’s well known how much Rangers means to him. There’s not a fan around who isn’t wishing him the best and what a recovery it’s been.
Nacho spoke to the media before the match.
“I’m fine now and growing stronger and stronger. My heart is stronger than most people’s now so I’m happy with that,” said Nacho.
“I’ll be nervous about it [the match] – and that’s always going to be there but I need to put that out of my mind and try to enjoy myself because I miss playing. A lot.
“So I’m available for selection, although how long for I don’t know because I get tired every now and then. This will be my first 11-a-side game since my heart scare so I need to take it easy.
Well done wee man. He’s also been playing in a fives league set up by his bar NN10 which anyone is welcome to join. There’s more information here.
Boyd the main man yet again
There was always only going to be one man who made the difference today. Boyd’s three goals won the game with Greg Stewart, Paul Di Giacomo and Jack Byrne adding Killie’s three other goals.
Peter Lovenkrands, Andrew Dallas and Nacho Novo got Rangers’ goals in a great tribute to a wonderful Rangers goalscorer.
Rangers Euro XI: G. Smith, Ross, Andrews, Breen, Papac, Rae, Mendes, Adam, C. Miller, Lovenkrands, Mols (Managed by Ally McCoist)
Killie Heroes: Mackay, McKenzie, Hessey, Pascali, Hay, McLaren, Mahood, Holt, Eremenko, Stewart, Boyd Subs: Lyle, Millen, S. Boyd, Waters, Ndjoli, Byrne, Dicker, Kiltie, Di Giacomo, Gall (Managed by Steve Clarke)