Stuart McCall has told the Daily Record that Kris Boyd still has a part to play at Rangers despite missing the last two games.
The striker didn’t travel to Easter Road last weekend and wasn’t in the squad again for the 4-1 win against Cowdenbeath, with Boyd taking a back seat as the McCall revolution starts to gather pace.
The 31-year-old has only scored three league goals this season, with the seven cup goals bringing the total to 10, but his current goal tally is a far cry from the 22 in all competitions he scored for Kilmarnock last season.
Boyd, who notched 26 goals in his last spell at the Gers in the 2009-10 campaign, is out-of-contract at the end of the season and his continued absence from this side could fuel speculation of his departure.
Speaking to the Daily Record, McCall, was adamant that Boyd could still be a hero in the latter stages of this campaign, but it now seems as if he is the fourth choice behind Nicky Clark, Kenny Miller and Jon Daly.
“There has not been a problem for Boyd. At Easter Road last week we didn’t want to take him to a hotel overnight if he wasn’t going to be involved,” he said.
“I spoke to him yesterday and he wanted to train today to keep an edge on fitness. Between now and the end of the season anyone can be the hero.
“If I am not starting either Kris or Jon Daly I don’t feel I need both on the bench. Kris played in my first game and Jon came on against Alloa and made an impact so it would be difficult to leave Jon out.”
After recording a first home win in three months and first back-to-back wins since the beginning of January it’s understandable that McCall doesn’t want to tinker with his team, and Boyd hasn’t shown enough to get straight back into the side after his misfiring season.
Momentum continues to build for Rangers who are now level on points with Hibernian with a game in hand, as Alan Stubbs’ outfit lost their first consecutive games since August. Second place is now Rangers’ to lose and Sunday’s game against Hearts provides an opportunity to put the McCall revolution into top gear.