Kris Boyd tipped to leave Ibrox this summer by his former manager Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies believes Kris Boyd could return to Kilmarnock this summer.

Former Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies has told the Daily Record that Rangers Kris Boyd would be a great signing for Killie amid speculation over another move to sign him.

Boyd, 31, started his career with Kilmarnock as a 16-year-old, eventually becoming a hero at Rugby Park with 67 goals in six seasons for the club.

His goalscoring exploits eventually led to a move to Rangers in 2006, hitting 128 goals before spells with Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Eskisehirspor and Portland Timbers.

A return to Kilmarnock followed in 2013, scoring 25 goals in 46 games before again heading back to Rangers last summer in another emotional reunion for the striker.

However, his season hasn't gone according to plan, scoring just ten goals in 37 games - and has even been left out of the Rangers squad of late by new manager Stuart McCall.

Boyd has now been linked with another move back to Kilmarnock, and Jefferies has tipped him for a third spell with Kilmarnock in an interview the Daily Record.

"I am not surprised that [manager, Gary] Locke is keen to bring him in as a player and a coach," said Jefferies. "The two of them were very close when they played for me there. The two of them were thick as thieves back then. They were very similar and they brought a lot to the dressing room."

"If they were paired up again then the one thing they would bring is a lot of laughter. There would be a great atmosphere in the dressing room as they are both top lads with a great sense of humour. They know how to lighten the mood in training they are also very serious when it comes to their football," he added.

McCall has recently admitted that he can't give opportunities to both Boyd and Jon Daly, and with Boyd's contract set to expire at the end of this season, it would be a little surprise to see him leave Rangers - and Kilmarnock would be a realistic destination.

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