COMMENT By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha should make George Boyd his first Rangers signing as his future at Premier League side Burnley remains in huge doubt.
The Daily Mail claim the 31-year-old has rejected a contract extension at Turf Moor, with less than three months remaining on his current deal with Sean Dyche’s side.
With Caixinha looking to add to his side in the summer transfer window, here are three reasons why the soon-to-be-available attacker should be brought to Ibrox.
Burnley’s Boyd has secured promotion five times throughout his career, after spells with the likes of Hull, Peterborough and current side Burnley. Winning three promotions in a Peterborough side that soared north in England’s football pyramid, Boyd has also tasted success by being promoted to the Premier League with both Hull and Burnley – and that winning mentality could prove crucial in helping the Gers finally begin to match Old Firm rivals Celtic. Boyd has the knowledge and experience to help keep a side at the top of the league and that could prove important if the Gers want to rival Celtic for the 2017-18 title.
Bargain price for top-flight experience
Potentially available on a free transfer, Boyd brings with him bags of top-flight experience that is much needed in a Rangers side that has a mix of youngsters and veteran stars. Four games away from making his 100th Premier League appearance, Boyd has scored nine goals from out wide as well as providing four assists in sides that are struggling against relegation. Bringing that quality to Ibrox will give them a huge boost in the final third, ahead of Caixinha’s first full season in charge.
Options out wide
Barrie McKay’s inconsistent form saw him watch on from the bench against Aberdeen on Sunday, leaving Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller to play from out wide. Both known to be centre-forwards, Caixinha must look to bolster his options out wide with natural wingers. Boyd fits that category, and is able to play on both flanks as well as the number 10 role if needed. His signing could also spell the end for Michael O’Halloran, who would fall even further down the pecking order if Boyd moves north.
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