Rangers: top 30 players: Number 16

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We can't rank him as highly as other legendary Rangers strikers, but Kris Boyd's goals-per-game ratio is up there with the best in the club's history.

 

After scoring 32 goals in 49 league appearances during his final two years at Kilmarnock, Kris Boyd was finally given an opportunity at a major Scottish club when Rangers signed him at the start of 2006.

 

In his first five months at Ibrox, he netted 20 times in 21 games, finishing the season as top goalscorer. It was an excellent achievement that set the tone for his stay with the Gers, and while he didn't win any silverware until the 2008 Scottish League Cup, he continued to score goals on a regular basis. Throughout his four-and-a-half years at the club, he netted eight hat-tricks, which included a five-goal haul against Dundee United in 2009.

 

Despite his exploits in the final third, Rangers would win just the two Scottish titles, but the club won two trophies in each of his final three campaigns, which was a respectable return given what Gordon Strachan had built at Celtic. He also played his part in Rangers reaching the 2008 UEFA Cup final.

 

Four years after leaving for Middlesbrough, Boyd would return for a second stint at Rangers but in the Scottish Championship, he would only net three times in 31 appearances as the club missed out on promotion. Nevertheless, it's his first spell that will live long in the memory, with the Irvine-born player scoring 128 goals in 192 matches in all competitions.

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