Kris Boyd is angry at Rangers again – this time for making a bid for Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones – but Boyd’s act is getting as tiresome as it is predictable.
The Killie striker slammed the Ibrox giants for “unsettling” Jones by making a low offer for him and insisting that if the Gers want the Northern Irish international they should “pay the money and come and take them.”
Boyd points to Rangers’ pursuit of Hearts’ Jamie Walker last summer as proof that Rangers deliberately make low offers for players in a bid to unsettle them and force a move but the ex-Ger doesn’t take into account the ridiculous demands made by clubs when Rangers sniff around their players.
When the Gers wanted to sign Walker they were told Hearts wanted £1million for the winger, who had just entered the final year of his Tynecastle contract, and were widely criticised for refusing to meet Hearts’ demands for a player they would be free to negotiate with four months later.
Walker left Tynecastle last week when he signed for Wigan Athletic for £350,000.
Has Walker regressed that much that he wiped 60% off his transfer value? Or were Hearts simply demanding too much?
When it comes to Jones – who has 18 months left on his deal at Rugby Park – Killie’s reported valuation of £1million for an attacker who has scored six goals and created 11 in 68 games is madness.
Kilmarnock are entirely within their rights to value their players as high – or as low – as they want, but to criticise other clubs for not paying over the odds for a fairly average Scottish Premiership player is as ridiculous as it is short-sighted.
If the Rugby Park side hold out for a seven-figure fee, like Hearts, they’ll quickly find themselves scrambling to accept something before the player walks away when his contract comes to an end.
With Rangers believed to have agreed a £600,000 fee to sign Jason Cummings and a £1million fee for Jamie Murphy, even paying £500,000 for Jones seems like a vastly over-priced deal.
As for Boyd, his seemingly perpetual rage at his old side would be funny if it didn’t come always come across as the words of someone with a chip on his shoulder.
In other Rangers news, this international is expected to undergo a medical with the Gers on Tuesday.
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