Rangers never played to Kris Boyd’s strengths, says Alex MacDonald

The former Gers midfielder felt the striker was made a scapegoat last year in a disappointing Rangers campaign.

Kris Boyd’s Ibrox exit this summer comes after a particularly poor return at the club where he was once so prolific.

The 31-year old arrived from Kilmarnock last June on a one-year deal, on the back of a fantastic season where he bagged 22 goals in 36 league appearances and a Player of the Year nomination to boot.

Things didn’t pan out as hoped at Rangers last term, however, with the Scottish international only managing three goals in his 29 Championship outings, and former Ger Alex MacDonald has an inkling as to why.

“He was unfortunate he didn’t have wingers. Boydy had to be supplied and it just wasn’t there for him," said MacDonald in an interview with the Daily Record.

“It was frustrating to watch. The first time he was there, Rangers were getting the ball wide and that was playing to his forte. He’s got that wee dink, where he checks his run or goes but when the ball is coming into him from 30 yards, it wasn’t playing to his strengths.”

He felt Rangers’ approach left little chance of a successful return for Boyd and made it easy to scapegoat the striker on his second spell at Ibrox.

He added: “You can make anybody a scapegoat but it was just one of those things. If it is not happening for you and if the ball isn’t coming in, you can’t score. If you don’t have the bullets, there’s not much point in having the gun.”

Boyd acted quickly following his release and has returned to Kilmarnock for a third spell, signing on a three-year deal last month, and MacDonald is backing the frontman to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

He added: "You don’t ever lose it… With Boyd, it’s all about fitness. I don’t think there’s any questioning his ability."

The former Rangers striker will be hoping MacDonald's words ring true as he sets about finding a return to his form of old. Rangers meanwhile, must now look towards drafting in attacking reinforcements as they bid for promotion to the Scottish Premiership at the second time of asking.

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