The Scottish Sun reports that Kris Boyd is set to retire from professional football.
The 35-year-old is currently with Kilmarnock, who have just appointed Angelo Alessio as their new manager [BBC Sport].
However, despite the lure of imminent European football at Rugby Park, it’s said that Boyd has rejected calls for him to stay. Instead, insisting now is the right time to hang up his boots.
Rather than moving into coaching, the report says that furthering his media career will become his main focus.
The former Scotland international started and ended his career at Kilmarnock. However, he is perhaps best known for his time at Rangers.
He spent five years in total at Ibrox spread across two spells. His first was between 2006 and 2010 and the second, a one season stay from 2014-15.
It was during that first stint that he enjoyed the best goalscoring form of his career. He netted a remarkable 101 goals in 143 league appearances during that time [Soccerway], helping the club to two SPL titles. He also earned two Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cup winners medals.
Up until last season, no Rangers striker had netted 30 goals in a season since Boyd’s first stint.
It was a much heavier Boyd that returned second time around, though, and he failed to make an impact. He netted just three times in 31 appearances in the Scottish Championship. The Gers missed out on promotion and he was released at the end of the season.
Therefore, there is disagreement amongst Bears over the exact nature of his legacy. Here’s a selection of reactions to the news:
Happy retirement to my favourite ever Rangers player, and my hero, Kris Boyd👍🏻😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/F2dVjf3MM4
— cammylockhart (@Cammyyylockhart) June 18, 2019
— SIMPLY THE BEST (@BonnieRangers) June 18, 2019
Kris Boyd will retire after an 18 year career. He had 2 spells at Rangers, making 174 league appearances and scoring 104 goals for the club. Happy retirement and thanks for your efforts as a #rangersfc player… https://t.co/swTqEmmLNk
— We Love To See The Rangers Score (@WeLoveToSeeThe2) June 18, 2019
— 🅑🅞🅓🅘🅔 ™ (@BOMBERBODiE) June 17, 2019
Better than Larson fact
— Tom Phillips (@Tom93Phillips) June 17, 2019
Loved him at Ibrox first time around. Second T time forget about it…
— Cairo 🇬🇧 (@Cairo1872) June 18, 2019
I thought Boyd had retired 6 stone ago.
— Sir Gallus Pioneer (@Gallus__Pioneer) June 17, 2019
He’s not a Rangers legend
— simon beresford (@sibauchinshee) June 17, 2019
Certainly no a Rangers legend
— jmf (@johnfinlayson13) June 17, 2019