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11th Nov, 2017 | 5:28pm

Kris Boyd offers further insight on fierce criticism of Rangers senior player

By James Black

Former Rangers star Kris Boyd has defended himself after taking flak for fiercely criticising Ryan Jack’s Scotland call up.

Boyd claimed that Jack’s inclusion in the national set-up was a laughing stock however the 25-year-old made Boyd eat his words with a composed performance against the Netherlands.

The Kilmarnock striker also insisted before Thursday’s friendly that Rangers senior player Jack had been sent off in more games than he had performed well in.

Boyd made it clear that he will not be changing his media approach, opting to criticise fellow pundits instead for sticking up for friends within football.

“I just give my straight, honest opinion, plus, I’m not really swayed by who my friends are,” Boyd said, as quoted by The Times.

“I see journalists who have got friends in football, and they stick up for them constantly.

“They gloss over things, in print or on air, depending on who their pals are.

“I totally disagree with that. Just give an opinion and give it honestly.”

Boyd spent five years with Rangers over two spells and had a prodigious goal-scoring record during his first stint with the Light Blues.

The prolific striker scored 153 times in 238 games over his full time with the Gers and won two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.

Boyd is the all-time record goalscorer in the Scottish Premier League/Scottish Premiership since it’s formation in 1998 with 167 goals.

The Kilmarnock striker has also had spells with Middlesbrough, Eskisehirespor and Portland Timbers before returning to Ibrox after a second stint at Rugby Park.

Boyd returned to Killie for a third spell after leaving Ibrox in 2015.

The 34-year-old scored 7 times in 18 appearances for Scotland.

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