Date of Birth: August 18th 1983
Birth Place: Irvine, Scotland
Previous Clubs: Kilmarnock Youth, Kilmarnock, Rangers, Middlesborough, Nottingham Forest (loan), Eskişehirspor, Portland Timbers, Kilmarnock, Rangers
Killie Contract: June 29th 2015 (2 Year Deal with 1 Year Option)
Landmarks: Last game of first spell at Killie was December 17th 2005 at Falkirk where Kris scored the winning goal for Killie with the last kick of the ball. Top goal scorer 2002-2003 (13 goals), 2003-2004 (15 goals) & 2004-2005 (19 goals). Tied SPL record scoring 5 goals in one game against Dundee Utd on September 25th 2004. Killiefc.com young player of the year 2002-03 & killiefc.com player of the year 2003-04. Scottish Premier League all time top goalscorer with 167 goals and counting. Scored his 100th goal for Killie at Hamilton on Aug 13th 2016! All of Boyd's Killie goals can be found - HERE
International: 8 Appearances for Scotland U21's (1 Goal). 3 Appearances for Scotland B. 18 caps for Scotland (7 Goals).
February 23rd 2013: “I couldn’t be happier to be back. I had some great times during my first spell at the club and I hope there are more to come. I’m grateful for the opportunity. I need to get back playing on a regular basis and see this as a great chance to do that. The manager has shown faith in signing me, so it’s down to me to prove him right and the best way to do that is by getting games under my belt and hitting the net. Money wasn’t an issue. I could have gone to England for a much better deal, but that didn’t enter my head. This is a move to get me back playing football and scoring goals. When I first came back from Portland, Kilmarnock got in touch to ask about my availability. At that time I just wanted to spend time with my family before deciding the next move. Rangers were good enough to give me training facilities and I’m really thankful to Ally McCoist and the lads there. Clubs in England were interested in signing me, but after sitting down with my wife Christine, I decided I wanted to stay in Scotland. Kilmarnock then got back in touch and it felt right immediately. You see Faddy going back and he’s probably in a similar boat to me - being settled back at home and playing football. You play your best football when you’re happy and settled. I’m delighted because this is where it all started.”
February 24th 2013: “I watched David Beckham on Sunday night making his PSG debut. He’s got X amount of money and done all of these things in the game but still has the drive and determination inside him to do well on the pitch. I’ve been quite fortunate in the past few years in terms of finance but at the end of the day you’re paid to be a football player and you want to play. It takes you back to being younger and I feel that’s where I need to be. I’ve said I’ve got two or three months to save my career and I’ll stick by that. Ask any manager I’ve ever worked under and I don’t think my attitude has ever been a problem in terms of applying myself in training and games. Probably the biggest thing for me was the price tag printed alongside me in terms of wages. When I was at Boro the club was struggling and next minute your wages are printed everywhere. Every manager who’s signed me has been sacked, so Kenny had better watch out! I went to Boro, then Gordon Strachan’s out the door after three months, which was pretty difficult to take. When I went to Forest, I enjoyed working with Billy Davies. I got the belief back I could play and had a successful time there, playing 10 games and scoring six goals. But then Billy found himself out the door in the summer as well and what can you say about Turkey? You get there and the manager and the general manager are in the jail. Where do you go from there? It was a difficult period for me. When the financial side came into it, I knew it was time to get out. When I went to America I really enjoyed it. I played from last February through to the end of August. I’d started the season well but things were ongoing between the club and John Spencer that I was fully aware of. It’s difficult when someone gives you the chance and you realise it’s happening again, just as it had with the last three or four managers. Spenny got the sack and I find myself back at Kilmarnock and it starts again. It’s a new challenge for me, yet back where it all started. It was a challenge back then and I got into the team and scored goals, so it’s up to me to do it again. A lot of things have been written and said about me, but you can’t be that bad a player if you have my amount of goals, won the international caps and scored the goals I have. I started off as a young boy with nothing and worked for everything I got in terms of playing games and scoring goals. It’s no different now. I’ve said I have four or five years inside me and I need to get back to scoring and playing regularly. There’s a great chance to do that here. The hard work starts now. It would be a lie to say Scotland hasn’t crossed my mind but I’m a long way away from that. The first thing is get into the Killie team.”
May 29th 2013: “I’ve enjoyed being back and it ticks a lot of boxes for me. I want to speak to Kilmarnock and that will probably happen this week or next, I stay not far away and the family is settled at school. You’re happy at home, you’re happy on the park and I felt that was the case. I was back scoring goals and I’m probably swaying more towards staying at Kilmarnock. I’m turning 30 in the summer and I need to be playing. I don’t want to be driving here, there and everywhere just for the sake of an extra few quid per week. I said when I came back that my big challenge was to get back in the Scotland set-up and if I go somewhere where I’m not playing regularly, it’s not going to do me any favours. Someone could call tomorrow and it would all change again but right now I’m happy at home, Lockie has phoned me a couple of times to see if I’d be interested in going to Hearts. And at this moment I’m not ruling out anything. Hearts are a good club. They are maybe going through problems right now. I want to enjoy a break with my family. I know myself I need to have something sorted by the time I come back from my holidays.”
August 3rd 2013: “I’ll challenge myself to score as many goals as I can this season and build on that from there, it’s great to have that SPL top scorer tag but it’s in the past. It doesn’t matter what you have done before as it’s all about what you are doing right now. I’ll challenge myself to score as many goals as I can this season and build on that from there. I am still only 29 and feel as though I still have three or four years left in me. It’s up to me to keep going and get myself into the positions to score goals again. I look forward to the challenge of getting myself into the team and hopefully staying in it. If I can do that I’ve no doubt I can get myself back to the heights I hit before. I feel good but I need games to get match sharpness and hopefully I can get that over the next few weeks. I want to get into the Scotland squad again but I need to get into the Kilmarnock side first and start scoring goals. That’s the first challenge I place on myself and if I’m doing that I have a great chance of getting into the international set-up. There are not many goal-scorers about so I know I can do that. I’ll cause problems to most defenders. I know if I can get into the right areas I will score goals. It’s up to me to get my fitness up and get into the team but the beginning of the season may have come just a bit too early for me. If I can get any part of the game at Aberdeen it will be a bonus and I may have to bide my time to get into the team but it’s a challenge I’ve faced before and it’s one I look forward to. The biggest part is being home with my family and I’ve been here now for eight months and it’s a different way of life. It’s about having the kids about your feet and even taking them to school and I have missed a lot of that. I made the decision to go abroad and that was that. But I’m back home now and I want to get myself into the Kilmarnock side and start scoring goals again. If you are happy at home then you’re happy anywhere. I see people walking about being unhappy and there could be things going on at home which nobody knows about. But if you are with your wife and kids then you’re happy. That has been the biggest thing for me since I came back. It allows me to enjoy my football and at the end of last season I was back scoring goals and getting 90 minutes under my belt again which was great. Hopefully I start this season the way I finished the last.”
October 12th 2013: “It’s a difficult situation at the club right now, I think it’s well documented, I think the banks are probably running the show. But if the chairman wasn’t doing a good job I think he’d be out by now, because I think the bank would’ve pulled the plug on it a long time ago. So he’s obviously doing something right. He’s a genuine guy, he’s a good enough guy who you can speak to and have a conversation with. At the end of the day he’s got tough decisions to make upstairs. There’s obviously been problems between the chairman and the fans, but as players we just want it sorted so that we can have a stable club and go forward. Obviously we need to win a couple of games and win them quickly. We know the next two games are massive. We played a game this morning [Saturday] and it [the passing] was short and sharp and the boys were buzzing. The place is positive, but for some reason we haven’t had the result on the pitch yet. We need to rectify it, hopefully next Saturday.”
October 21st 2013: “I saw Michael Gardyne having a shot and it came off Brian McLean as he tried to clear it then rebounded off me into the net. But it was still a great finish to be fair. We’ve not had much luck at all this season so we’ll take it when it’s coming our way. I have been in dressing rooms when you aren’t winning, everything is doom and gloom and you are blaming each other. That’s not the case here. Hearts need to win games, that’s plain and simple. If we beat them then it’s back to the gap we started the season with over them. We can’t get any worse but we have our win now and can hopefully kick on.”
October 25th 2013: “I’m happy again; not something that has always been the case these last three years. I’m fit, I’m playing and I’m getting some goals. Despite everything that has happened, I know the level I am capable of playing at. Not many players can score 20-25 goals season after season but I’ve done that at Kilmarnock and Rangers. My aim is to get back to that form and, I hope, to get back into the Scotland squad. I still feel I’ve been fortunate. Leaving Rangers was a big decision but I wanted to give England a crack. Back then quite a few clubs were interested in me, and I didn’t want to finish my career with regrets, with knowing I’d never gone and given new things a try. The whole episode [at Teeside] made me pissed off with football. Under Tony I never really got a crack of the whip. I knew I wasn’t going to play - I wasn’t his type of player. I had to get my love back for football. It reached a stage where I thought, ‘I need to try somewhere else’, even if that meant going to a place you might never have thought of. I would probably have signed [at Nottm Forest] that summer had Billy not then been sacked, and so came Turkey. The move start to unravel as soon as my plane landed. At the time I had really wanted to go abroad. I looked at the majority of British players who have gone, and most had come back better players. Turkey is a great country, but there was obvious corruption going on. Our manager was lifted by the police. He had done fantastically, turning them from relegation fodder into challenging for Europe. It was in between two major cities - two hours from Istanbul, two hours from Ankara - and I felt it would be right for me. I hoped to go there, play for a season or two, and come back a better player. But the whole place was in uproar, and then my wages row kicked in. I was a long way away from my family, and the next thing I knew, I wasn’t getting paid. In that situation, you don’t hang around. I had a real problem with my fitness. I’d never had a decent pre-season for 18 months, and when I got to Portland we were just weeks away from games. I know the kind of body I have, I’ve never shied away from it. I need to build up, I need a full pre-season to get going and I knew I was lagging behind. For the first time in my career, I was missing more chances than I was scoring. Lacking in confidence has never affected me but by this point, after all I’d been through, I wasn’t myself. I was snatching at chances, I was probably over-eager to do well. I’d heard that my contract was being terminated. It was time to come home. Get back to Scotland, get settled, get playing again, and get scoring goals once more. I’ve learned a lot and I feel I am a better footballer, genuinely. The whole Turkish thing was a culture shock but I’ve come through it. I tried to understand a bit about the Muslim world, which was totally different to me. Sometimes you need to see another culture to realise what you’ve got, and realise there is a lot more to life than football. It has been a difficult experience for me but I’ve learned a lot. All that [financially] has been pretty well documented. My American wages were published, the Turkey deal was never out of the press, and even Rangers let public what they would supposedly be offering me. I’m not going to sit here and say I’ve not done well - I have. But I’d rather have had the money but also have played many, many more games. I’ll not be happy until I know I’m not getting picked for Scotland because other strikers are doing better. That’s my aim. I don’t want to spend the next three or four years just going through the motions. I want to be back to where I was, in contention to play for Scotland.”
October 29th 2013: “I want to get back in a Scotland jersey, I had a 10-minute chat with Gordon and he said ‘just keep going’. At the end of the day I don’t need to prove to Gordon Strachan what I can do, It’s a matter of getting my fitness up to be able to play at that level. You never lose what you’ve got; you only lose fitness. I’m still the same finisher I was five or six years ago and I might have added some things to my game that have helped me get into better positions. The biggest thing for a footballer is his fitness to get about the pitch. I want to get myself back in a Scotland jersey and I’ve always said that. It’s a drive and determination to get myself back because there’s nothing better than walking out at Hampden to represent your country in front of 50,000 fans. You’re scoring goals and I’ve always said I want to get back into the Scotland set-up but I know myself that I’m maybe a couple of games short. It’s okay doing it at Kilmarnock but I want to do so on a regular basis for nine or 10 weeks and then you know you’re back to a level where you can put up a case to represent your country again. If the call comes I’ll be more than delighted. But, as I said at the weekend, I don’t want to (be called up) because of a few call offs or because it’s a friendly; I want to be called up because I’ve earned it on merit by scoring goals week in week out. We’ll wait and see what happens.”
November 17th 2013: “I never gave up hope of playing for my country again and I am grateful to Gordon for giving me this chance. I have always felt I can make a contribution at international level and knew if I kept working hard my chance would come again. Hopefully I can get involved against Norway and show people what I am still capable of at the highest level. As a footballer, nothing beats representing your country, I know there are five or six people in the same boat, doing it week in, week out, so for me it was about patience. It’s great to be back and part of it but I am not going to say I am back in the international set-up. I think an international player is one who is called up every month. I want to be selected in the original squads, I want to be selected in the first 22 or 24 man squads going forward. I don’t want to be here and disappear for another five or six months so the hard work begins again.”
December 12th 2013: “I know I’m in a Kilmarnock dressing room as one of the older players, a leader as such, to show the young kids the way to go. I’ve been over the course and distance now. I’ve seen a lot of young talent come and go - wasted. I feel as if I don’t want to finish in three or four years’ time and the likes of Chris Johnston are nowhere to be seen. Chris and boys like that should go and have a career for 10 or 15 years because they’re fantastic. I look back at more experienced players such as Alan Mahood, Gus MacPherson and Paul Wright who helped me at Kilmarnock when I was coming through. I want to provide that to the young kids now. I’m in the latter stages of my career and want to set a good example to the youngsters and I can do that by working hard and scoring goals and in training day in, day out. People keep going on about how I’m supposedly working harder as if I didn’t before. But when I was at Rangers I don’t think you’re asked to do as much as a striker in terms of tracking back. You had 11 players who were usually better than the other 11 and nine times out of 10 you’re going to win the game. I don’t think you’re stretched to the max as you are when you’re playing with other clubs in Scotland where you need to give everything in a game. When you play for Rangers or Celtic you’re going to have the ball the majority of the time. The hardest thing in the game for an Old Firm player is to make the space to get shots away. I don’t think I’d have scored as many goals at Rangers as I did if I had to do the type of work I’m having to do at Kilmarnock. now. The amount of top players you played with at Rangers and the possession you had meant I had an incredible amount of chances. If you ask any manager I played under I don’t think they’d say I wouldn’t work - it was just channelled in a different direction. There was no need to make the runs I’m doing now. When I look back to my early days at Kilmarnock I played with the likes of Craig Dargo and Steven Naismith and then Dado Prso and Kenny Miller at Rangers. They were all unselfish players who did a lot of the running. I’ve said umpteen times that’s why I’ve had so many good partnerships over the years because these guys aren’t out-and-out goalscorers - although they will get you 10 to 15 goals a season - whereas I based myself on goals at that time. I did what I was paid to do. I said an old firm striker should be getting 20 to 30 goals a season because of the chances they get. I’ll stand by that but it’s changed now I’m back at Kilmarnock. I won’t change in terms of what level of goals I want to get but the most important thing for me is the team starts winning games. We had a good win at the weekend but we’ve another massive game coming up on Saturday against Dundee United.”
January 2nd 2014: “We had a couple of chances but the victory is down to the back four and big Sammy between the sticks. As for me, I’ve scored the goals I have in my career because I always go back for more. It’s part and parcel of being a striker, you are going to miss them but I will keep going back. It was bad finishing on my part for the first couple and I probably scored the hardest one out of the three of them!”
February 13th 2014: “In the past I might have rushed into things. I don’t need to now. I can take my time and see what happens. I love it here, it’s brilliant. It’s a great club. For me now it’s a case of between now and the end of the season to score as many goals as I can and get Killie up the table. I never said I was going to be leaving, I always said if you’re scoring goals and performing well there will be interest from other clubs - that’s part and parcel of football. And if you’ve got that interest then you’re doing your job properly. We need to put pressure on ourselves to go out and perform in a way that’s going to get people back through the door, That’s down to us as a team and as individuals to perform on the pitch. At the beginning of the season we could understand why fans weren’t coming because we weren’t getting results. But we know how football works - if you’re doing well they are going to come back. Look at Aberdeen last year - they were playing in front of 5,000-7,000. This year they’re playing in front of 15,000-17,000 because they are going well. Dundee United’s crowds are up again because they are doing well, they are exciting and are producing performances on the pitch. So that is the challenge for us between now and the end of the season. I’ve obviously got one eye on it [March Poland game], I’m not going to say I should be in it, because there are a lot of good strikers out there playing at a higher level than me. But Gordon knows what I can do and he has a decision to make. It’s up to me to keep performing the way I have been between now and the squad being named.”
March 9th 2014: “Going into every season you look to score as many goals as you can. That’s what I’ve done since I started playing and I’m not going to change now. It’s a challenge I put on myself to go out and score goals. That’s what my game is all about. This season I’ve been fortunate enough to get on the scoresheet. Did I expect it at the beginning of the season? No. I didn’t expect to score this many because I thought we had other great attacking players and I also felt, with all the changes, it would maybe take longer to settle everybody in. I know if I’m given chances I’m going to score goals. But I look at where we’ve come from in the last few months, with the transitional period of the summer - and where I was last year when I didn’t play a lot of football. The biggest challenge for me was to get back on the field playing regular football and I’ve done that. I always said if I got my fitness up to a level I’d cause teams problems and it has come back. I’m scoring goals on a regular basis and I’m enjoying my football. That’s the most important thing. We”ve managed to steady the ship and put in decent performances in matches and when we’ve done that I’ve managed to get on the scoresheet. I never set myself targets about how many I want to score. It’s about going into the season to score as many as you can and improve on the season before. It certainly wouldn’t have been hard to improve on last year! I’ve done that and it’s a challenge until the end of the season to try to continue the form I’ve shown goals-wise. That’s an added responsibility you put on yourself as a striker and as a senior player. The older you get the more you learn about the game, the more things you pick up you learn how to hurt teams. The big thing for me was coming back home and enjoying playing football again and scoring goals. Now I’m enjoying being part of hopefully something going forward at Kilmarnock”.
March 29th 2014: “When you look back at Ally McCoist’s career, the younger me would have bitten your hand off to be anywhere near the top ten. I feel now that I have a chance to push on and I hope I can get close to him. Obviously a big chunk of my career has been at Rangers, but I’ve also played a long time with Kilmarnock and to get toward the top of that list with a lesser team, I take great pleasure in that. There is a long way to go, but we’ll see. Just to be mentioned next to so many great players is something. I don’t see myself in that category in terms of ability or whatever, but what I will do is keep going back for more if I miss. To even be on the list I owe a massive debt to the players I’ve played with. I’ll get myself into the positions to score goals, but the ball needs to find you. It’s as simple as that. Apart from Henrik Larsson who could create a goal out of nothing, the ones I know on the list have depended on team-mates. For me, I’m just happy to be back home and scoring. There is no better place to do that than in Scotland because it is where I was born and where I made my mark. Of course you want to test yourself elsewhere, but I take more pride in scoring goals in my own country than I do anywhere else. I just wish this season my goals had helped us get more wins because I don’t want to score so many only for us to be in a relegation battle. I’d rather we had far more wins than that. People will say what they want to say and none of that will change what I do in a game, in training, or off the field. They will throw out opinions and nine times out of ten, these will be negative because that’s what sells. I more than anyone was caught up in that for a long time. I know if I’m fit and apply myself properly, come a game on a Saturday I will be a handful for the majority of defences I play against. Over the years, because of the amount of goals I’ve scored, other things get lost. But if you look into it there will be a few assists as well. Ultimately, though, goals win games and are the hardest part to deliver. When people now start saying ‘he’s doing this, he’s doing that’ it just grows arms and legs - exactly the same as the negative take. I’m not going to sit here, get carried away and say my whole game’s changed. Scoring goals has been with me my whole career and it’s not going to leave me now. I need to keep myself in a condition to play 90 minutes, be able to score any time within the 90 minutes, to be running about for 90 minutes, and I have done that this season, which has been a massive boost after where I’ve been the last couple of years. I would sit in the dressing room in Turkey and players would be speaking three or four different languages when I was barely able to speak English, and that makes you feel thick. I witnessed a lot of poverty in Turkey and saw young Turkish players struggling to get paid, struggling with their mortgages. It almost became part of their culture. In any other line of work, if folk didn’t get paid they would walk off the job. But these guys don’t know, the mentality is that they just get on with it. But they didn’t cope well and it affected their football. UEFA are taking huge strides to stamp this out but it’s going to take a long, long time to get rid of it. To see that was part of me learning much more in the last few years about how to appreciate life. Could I have done things differently? Obviously everyone can. For me it has been a learning curve. Would I be sitting here the person I am? I doubt it. Would I sit here with the knowledge I have? I doubt it. My career might be coming to an end in terms of playing but I feel that I have a whole new career in front of me, whether that is management or the media. What I might have sacrificed football-wise, I’ve learned in the other side of it. For every negative there is a positive when I think about the past two or three years. I love the game, I love football, it is all I have ever known and anyone will tell you it is all I ever talk about. My missus will certainly say that I’m pretty boring unless I am getting into a football conversation. Being involved in the radio or the TV, it is my opinion, it is what I think. I was wary when I was at Rangers of doing that, because it ends up getting exaggerated and whatever you actually said gets lost. It has maybe changed a wee bit now. But it used to be when you go into a press conference at Rangers or Celtic, the headline had probably been made and for certain journalists it was just how you get the guy to say the words that fitted into that. So much of the time at Rangers I couldn’t be bothered with a lot of the people that were trying to talk about me because half of it was just shite. They would rabbit on and on and be quick to jump on how I couldn’t do this, or couldn’t do that. How did they not come in and show me how do these things. Do I look back [at withdrawing from international duty] and regret it? I don’t think you do look back with regrets. I look back and say I could have handled it better. Again it was another experience, another tough decision I had to make but at the time I was finding myself out of the Rangers team, and not scoring goals. At that time, other players were coming in to play ahead of me. I had to go back to basics and get myself involved there rather than going away for ten days with Scotland, not playing, and finding myself out of contention for my club. I did get back in at Rangers and have been fortunate to get myself back into another Scotland squad. I’m not going to sit here and say I should be a Scotland regular because there are players doing really well in England, which is a tougher stage than here. But Gordon Strachan knows what I can do. And if it comes down to goalscoring I can be a match for anyone.”
April 19th 2014: “You’re talking to players who are playing in Scotland, and we’re here for a reason. We might be in the top league in Scotland, but we’re not top players and that’s the be all and end all. A lot of the time at the old firm clubs, you might not perform to a level but, because you’re in a small country, Rangers and Celtic might get overhyped. But any time we’ve gone into Europe, we’ve found that out. That they’re not as good as what they expect to be. Players in Scotland, nine times out of 10, are not as good as they think they are. I don’t think, without me leaving Scotland or going abroad, I would be sitting here the same player, the same person. I went away and I feel as though I learned a lot more in life in general. I’m pleased to sit here and say that I’m a far better person for it. At Rangers, I could have learned a lot more, I could have listened a lot more, I could have taken things on board. For me, the big thing is, back then I always felt people were giving out criticism to try to have a go at me, rather than them being constructive about it. If people are constructive about it, you listen. But if they’re being critical and trying to get round it in another way, you tend to switch off. I’m the first to admit I had flaws in my game back then and I’ve still got them now. You’re never going to be the perfect player - unless you’re Ronaldo or Messi. For me, it was time to go. I was Scottish, as a young kid Rangers was the club I loved growing up and supporting, so to get the chance to play for them was great. But I was at a stage where I felt as though it was right. I wanted to test myself, to see a different place, a different league. It didn’t work out and I found myself here, there and everywhere. It’s part and parcel of football. Now I find myself back at the beginning. But I feel a far better person for being back home, enjoying playing football, scoring goals. There have been rumours [on returing to Rangers] but you need to be asked. Somebody needs to communicate with you. The thing for me is that I need to focus on getting Kilmarnock out of this situation. Whatever happens in the future will happen. I’ve learned over the last few years not to take anything for granted in football. Anything can hit you around the corner. I’m concentrating on my job with Kilmarnock right now. There is no point in me saying I’m leaving or I’m staying. You never know what’s going to happen in football. I could say to Kilmarnock fans that I’m going to stay and the next thing you can’t sort out a contract and you leave. Or you say you’re going to leave and then you stay and you look like an idiot. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m not going to sit here and tell lies. I’ve not spoken to anybody, my representatives haven’t spoken to anybody. I’ll concentrate on my football between now and the end of the season and we will see what happens.”
May 6th 2014: “We have proved this season that we can beat the teams round about us. The last few weeks we know ourselves have not been good enough but a couple of weeks before that we went to Motherwell and beat a team that’s been in the top three all season. So we know we can do it and it’s up to us to put everything into the game as if it might be the last game of football for Kilmarnock. In reality that’s what it could be for a few. If we end up in that play-off position it could end up in cuts for the club. It’s not nice but it’s up to us, we know if we win our two games we’ll be safe. But talk is cheap sometimes, the hard work is on the pitch. We’ve a lot of youngsters and nine times out of 10 you learn from the bad things, When you’re doing things well, you think the world’s your oyster, you can do whatever you want. It’s not until something happens, that you get yourself into a position that you need to win games, that you really learn. The youngsters have never been in this position and we don’t want to be in this position but the reality is we are. Young kids will look to people for help and it’s up to us as experienced players to maybe do that bit extra on the pitch to show the youngsters what’s needed. If the older ones go about their business right from the off we might kick a few youngsters on. We’ve got match-winners and the big thing for us is to get our match-winners in the final third. We need to be braver on the ball and take the ball in areas where we can start hurting the opposition. You can actually take that [thumped by Hearts] as a positive, the fact we don’t have a lot of time to recover. The longer you go, the more you think about it. It’s done, there is nothing we can do about it but learn from our mistakes. But we have a massive, massive game on Wednesday night that we need to get three points from. St Mirren are safe and we are in the play-off position and we need to get ourselves out of it. We’re the ones that got ourselves in it so it’s up to us as players to get a result for this club because you fear the worst if the club is to go down obviously with the clubs in that division already, Rangers and Hearts. If we want to give this club any chance of success in the future, it’s up to us to get the three points we need.”
May 22nd 2014: “Kilmarnock gave me the chance to play football again this year. I will listen to what they have to say before I do anything. That is the right thing to do. It would be quite easy for me to jump ship and go elsewhere, but out of respect to Kilmarnock I have to listen to what they have to say. I want to see what is going on with the club going forward. I don’t want to be involved in another relegation fight. I am at the stage where I want to be challenging for things. I am not saying I am looking to be winning things but I want to be fighting for the top six and cups. I don’t know what is going to happen. I am going to enjoy the next couple of weeks off with my wife and the kids. I haven’t spoken to anyone yet and we will see what happens over the next couple of weeks. I just think we should show pride in our jobs and make sure we do things properly. It is a big relief for everyone associated with Kilmarnock and football in Ayrshire in general, with Ayr United losing in the play-offs. It may not have been pretty but we got there and got the job done. It is just good to know Kilmarnock will be in the Premiership next season and the club can build for the future.”
June 29th 2015: ‘I can say quite honestly that I didn’t really enjoy last season as a whole at Rangers, It wasn’t a good place or environment to be in.
‘I just want to focus on the new challenge I’ve got at Kilmarnock. Even when I was at Rangers, I was still doing some coaching at Kilmarnock in the evenings, helping out with the kids and with the Under-17s on a Thursday night.
‘I’m from the Kilmarnock area and I always knew what was going on, so it was pretty easy to settle in. There are some new faces but I’m looking forward to getting started and helping push Killie up the table.’
August 1st 2015: "We could have lost 8-0 or 9-0, Dundee had four or five great opportunities before they scored their opener and Jamie MacDonald made some good saves. They created 15 or 16 great opportunities. We didn't win any 50-50 balls, we didn't win a challenge in the air and it took us 80-odd minutes to have a shot at goal. Dundee were excellent, but all we can do is apologise to the fans. That performance embarrassed us. I know it's only the first game of the season, but the last time I was here, we were in a relegation battle until the last day and this could be another long, hard season. Us players need to get a grip." - The Herald, Gary Keown, August 1st 2015
August 24th 2015: "Like the manager said, he will take the brunt of things but we're not doing things that he's asked. I don't think you can just point the finger at the defence. Over the pitch, collectively, we've not been at it. We've got a massive cup game on Tuesday night, it gives us a chance to get back on a football pitch and rectify the mistakes that we made on Saturday. When you lose goals after three, four, five, ten minutes, we're not giving ourselves a chance. In any game we've always found ourselves behind. It's difficult to stamp your authority on the game if you're having to come from behind every week. If we knew the answers we would have [fixed] it. It's been difficult but as a group we need to get our finger out. Tuesday night gives us an opportunity to go into a cup game and hopefully get a positive result that should set us up nicely for the weekend." - BBC, 24th August 2015
May 17th 2016 on the Bairns Play-Off First Leg: "There are usually empty seats everywhere, But I think, when you see the support they gave us at Hamilton, what a difference it can make - and I am sure they will. We asked the fans to come out against Partick Thistle and we let them down, It is not just for the football club, it is for the town itself, for Ayrshire. Ayr have been promoted and the only way you want to go and play against them is in a cup tie next year, The fans, if they can get behind us, can be that our 12th man. We have shown we can perform in front of the bigger crowds. Against the bigger teams in the league, we have actually performed alright this season. It has been the teams round about us that have killed us. We can handle the pressure, It is two games we look forward to with confidence. Bring on Thursday. We know it is going to be a tough game, but we will be more than ready for it."
May 22nd 2016 on the Bairns Play-Off Second Leg: "It was a great start from the boys. We took the game again to them today, as we did on Thursday, but on Thursday it was not to be. But today we showed that we do have plenty of fire-power, and that when we dfend properly, we are more than capable of pushing on from here. Today is a great wake up call, and we don't want to find ourselves in this position again. The fans were great today, and we need to give them better performances so that they turn out more regularly. It's up to us to push on for next season now!"
Aug 13th on Scoring His 100th Goal for Killie: " I’m delighted to get there with Kilmarnock, especially having done it with Rangers. It’s a great feeling to do that with two teams. However, I’m never happy with what I’ve got. You might look back at the end of your career and be pleased but while you’re playing you must keep looking to add. I still remember my first goal for Killie in a 2-0 win over Motherwell at Rugby Park (in November 2001).
When you’ve been as lucky as I have over the years you appreciate it but I’ve also fought for every break I’ve been given. I’m pretty pleased with my work, sitting here 15 years after my debut and still scoring goals. But I’m kept going by my love of the game. I get up in the morning and love going to training. As long as you keep sharp in practice, get on the pitch and keep scoring goals you want more. It’s like a drug. Once you’ve experienced scoring goals you go out there feeling as if you can do it every single time.
I still have targets, always aiming to beat the number of goals I scored the season before. I know I’m coming to the end of my career. But with the young legs around about me I can still find the net. We’ve answered a lot of critics, people seemed to think we’d just roll over. We fought our corner and stayed in the game for long periods when it would have been quite easy to down tools. The first half was scrappy but when we went two up front we caused them a lot of problems.” Gary Ralston - Daily Record Aug 15, 2016
Dec 26th 2016: "Going to Tynecastle is always a great occasion to play in and I'm looking forward to it. It's never going to be easy but we will give it our best shot. The [Ian Cathro situation] doesn't bother me. I've been to grounds with hostile crowds time after time. I've had the spotlight focused on me many times before but I'll just do my best for the team and hopefully we will get the three points. it's up to Hearts how they handle the situation. He's had a difficult start but we're in the same boat now. We've not won in a few games now and we know we need to go there and put on a performance. It's a difficult place to go but we've proved over the years we can go there and get a result."
Mar 17th 2017: "I have got my UEFA pro-licence and I have done all the badges I could possibly do,” Boyd said. "But my main focus is on playing. I have been helping the under 17s in the past couple of years and the under 20s this year. Is it something I want to get into? Yes it is. There is no point in me saying it is not. It would be a waste of time doing the badges if that was the case. It is a learning process for me and we will take it step by step and we will see what happens in the future. My main aim is to stay in the Kilmarnock team and score goals. It is good to hear people mention my name in terms of a coaching capacity going forward. For me right now there is no better feeling than scoring goals on a Saturday. I want to continue to do that.
"There is plenty of life left in me yet. If I wasn't scoring goals or feeling that I could not influence games or contribute and take part then I would re-evaluate things. At the beginning of the season when I was not playing regularly it was hard to take. I'm not the type that comes off the bench and scores goals as I have always been a player that needs a run in the team.The most important thing is to keep putting myself in the position to score goals and with the young, fresh legs that we have in the team can only help me and I feel that I can go on for a few years yet.”
On the Partick Thistle Pre-Match... “This is definitely a must-win game, there’s no doubt about it, We’re at home to Celtic and Hearts and away to Rangers before the split so we need to beat Thistle and then win away to Inverness the following week to get points in the bag.We also need to change our mentality for games at Rugby Park. We must start expecting to win our games instead of turning up and hoping that we win. You want to stamp your authority on games in front of your own fans. We want teams to know that they’ll need to work damned hard to come to Rugby Park and get a result because that’s not been the case for the last few years.”
July 13th 2017 (On the Ayr Pre-Match): “The League Cup wasn’t great for us last season, but we feel ready this time. We struggled in this competition so it is vital we get off to a good start now. It’s probably good there is a derby to start off with. The gaffer has left no stone unturned, we are ready and we are prepared. When I was younger I played in the Ayrshire Cup against Ayr a few times, but I’ve never won at Somerset.
“This is an opportunity to go and do that. We know it will be tough as Ayr have gone full-time, but we need to stamp our authority on it. We need to show we are the bigger club, and play like the Premiership team.
The big thing is we go into the game confident. You need faith in your own ability, and we believe we can go and win it. It is something both towns will be looking forward to, and it is down to us to put on a show for them.”
Hopefully this will be the start of something — last year a lot of Premiership teams didn’t treat it the way they should have, we were probably one of them. We used it like pre-season games to get fit for the start of the league campaign. It is imperative we get into the next round given how tight finances are. To start the season brightly is the most important thing. Last season we didn’t do that, and everybody tipped us for relegation. The negativity starts to breed so we need to make sure that doesn’t happen this season".
Oct 3rd 2017 (after the Staggies Loss & Jig's Firing): “A manager has lost his job but it’s us as players that need to take responsibility because it has been way off what is expected at Kilmarnock. The manager takes the training and picks the team, but once we cross that white line it’s up to us to go and perform. It has not been good enough for weeks. We’ve shown glimpses in games of what we can do but ultimately it’s about picking up points. The disappointing thing was the lack of effort on Saturday and that was more or less what we spoke about as a group after, it’s not been good enough and it doesn’t matter who’s in charge, that has to come from the players. That’s the challenge that we as a group face now but it’s sad to see not only a manager go, but a close friend.”
Nov 4th 2017 on the Hearts Pre-Match: I’ve played for the team and heard groans coming off the pitch after we’ve WON. But something happened at Rugby Park on Tuesday night after we lost 3-0 at home to Hibs. Something that was actually a shock to the system for me and the other lads. We got applauded off the pitch. Fans usually so vitriolic in defeat stood clapping their hands in appreciation of the effort and overall performance of the team. Honestly, I didn’t ever think it would have been possible. For me it’s a turning point, a massive shift in attitude that tells me the club is on its way back. The arrival of Steve Clarke as manager has given everyone such a huge boost that all the negativity that’s poisoned the club down the years — probably for the last decade — has gone. Michael Johnston leaving hasn’t been a bad thing for the fans, either. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the stick that man got was completely over the top. He did so much for the club that went unnoticed and the amount of abuse he got wasn’t right. But we live in a blame culture, don’t we? And Michael was an easy target. All I heard when he was in charge of the club was people say they wouldn’t invest more money until he was gone. Fans turned their back on the team and insisted they wouldn’t be back until he left. Well, Michael is away and no one has turned up at Rugby Park offering to plough in millions.
The supporters didn’t immediately start flooding back, either. But I’m optimistic that’s a possibility now that we have a manager who’s an absolute gem. I know how that’ll sound, but it’s the truth. Steve has come into the football club with so much confidence and positivity, it’s been absolutely brilliant. That’s no criticism of previous managers, either. Looking back, Lee McCulloch probably regrets bringing in so many players in the summer who hadn’t been playing at their previous clubs. When you’ve been injured or off form then it’s very difficult to hit the ground running.
In hindsight it was always going to take them a few months to find their feet and get fully fit. And that’s the way it’s turned out. But it’s the positivity that’s coming from the stands that’s helping the team so much. We had a good following against Partick Thistle and then against Rangers and Celtic. The supporters are really buying into everything that’s happening at the club right now and it’s brilliant to see. Will we ever get to a point we’re we’ve got 7,000 coming to Rugby Park every week? Probably not. I’ve played in the team when we were getting that size of crowd and I doubt those numbers will come back. But there’s no doubt the fans are believing in the manager and the team more than any time in the last ten years. That can make a huge difference and, in fact, I’d say they MUST keep the faith because the club needed them more than ever. Steve will have high hopes of improving the squad in January and next summer, but he can only do that if he’s got money to spend.
The biggest way for him to get money is for supporters to come back through the turnstiles — and to keep coming. When Killie were in danger of going down two seasons ago, the fans turned out. There was a play-off with Falkirk , Rugby Park was crammed and that made a huge difference. But it’s now that we need those folk. It’s now, when we’re a topflight team with hopes of kicking on. It’s too late to turn up when the team is struggling. But the signs are there that the local people in the town are right behind what’s going on now. I go into Kilmarnock and I see it. I feel it. There’s a genuine feeling that the club is going somewhere again. Honestly, we were sitting in the dressing room after we lost to Hibs and the boys spoke about the way the supporters applauded them off the pitch. It really struck a chord with everyone because that hasn’t ever happened for as long as I’ve been involved with the club. The punters realised the team had given it everything they had and it was just one of those nights when things didn’t go our way. We dominated a large percentage of the game and just didn’t get the breaks. Supporters usually just look at the result but the Killie fans didn’t do that and I took that as a landmark moment. With that kind of backing in the weeks and months to come, I’ve got nothing but hope that this season can be a good one".
Dec 23rd 2017 on the Rangers Post-Match: "It was a great performance from us. From the first whistle. We were in control of the game and Rangers got the first goal against the run of play. We addressed it at half time. And I thought the second half we dominated. It’s all about confidence.
It’s easy to say everything has changed but it hasn’t. We have started winning games and have been on the front foot. In football anything can happen.
Yes we were behind but we felt we were the dominant team and inside five minutes we have turned it around. We have shown a great determination to get a result and we have to push on from it".
Jan 15th 2018 (after signing a contract extention thru 2019, and being named Player of the Month for Dec 2017): "I've had an excellent relationship with the club all along, I said the last time I came back that would probably be me back here to finish my career. It definitely means the decision to carry on playing was the right one, There were days not so long ago that I felt as if it was time to move over, let somebody else come through and take the club forward. I think after the conversations I had with the people round about the place, the right thing was to stay here. I managed to get myself on a football pitch playing regular again. I've always been that type - if you're playing, you're scoring goals, you're happy."
On Steve Clarke: "He's galvanised the whole town, When you look at the last three months since the gaffer came in, the transformation of the football club is night and day. On the pitch, we're very, very hard to break down. We can cause teams problems going forward as well and I think we've shown that with the results we've had, especially the month of December. You go back to the last one at Easter Road [in the 1-1 draw with Hibernian], it wasn't our best performance but it was a tough ground to go, we came away with a point. So it shows even when we're not playing well, we can definitely pick up points."
Mar 17th on the Ibrox Win: “It’s a few years since I’ve scored 20 goals. In fact the last time I’d done it was when I was at Kilmarnock the last time. I’ve said it all along I’ll get myself in positions to score. But without my team-mates I would not have been able to do it. They’ve been excellent, the back four, the midfield two, the keeper. They have probably not had the credit they’ve deserved the last few months, like the forward players Eamonn Brophy, Jordan Jones, Lee Erwin, Rory McKenzie. With me playing as the No 9 the way I do, with the legs I’ve got around me, I know if I get myself in the box the chances will come with the quality we have. It’s a tap-in, but I’ll take 20 of them all season.”
"It’s not a fluke, the run we’re on. It would have been easy for us to let our heads drop after going out of the Scottish Cup on Tuesday night. But we now have real belief in the team. The top six is more or less done now, but we’re trying to push for fifth or fourth. We want to close that gap and push on. But we’re enjoying this run and playing good football. When you come to places like Ibrox, you really need to work hard and hope for some breaks. But in this game we did better than that and played some great stuff. Apart from the first ten minutes I felt we controlled the game.
On the Killie supporters: “They’ve supported us brilliantly in the last couple of months. I’ve been fed up over the last couple of years begging fans to come back because, when the product is rubbish, why would you? Now, though, they have a genuine belief that we are a team going places. We’re all playing with a smile on our faces, with a belief. It’s a credit to the manager and players, but the club wouldn’t be the same without the fans. We want to cement our top-six place next season and for the years to come.”
October 7th 2018 as the division's top scorer last season but has been kept out of the Kilmarnock team by Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart: "Do I feel 35? It's only a number. Right now, it's take your punishment, sit and watch, Stuff like that goes unnoticed, but I don't think I'd be doing that if I felt I was coming to the end, You need to keep yourself in good nick and I want to stay in a condition that once I get my chance I can take it, and hopefully that'll be in the coming weeks. But it's sometimes good to observe everything and realise what you need to do, even at this age, because you're always learning.
The former Rangers and Scotland striker admits he has "definitely changed" and would not have taken a spell on the bench in his stride in his younger days. "I always wanted a reason for why I wasn't playing. Looking back, maybe I was one who would go and chap doors and want answers, Now I understand, I've been on that side of it, I've helped coach the reserves, there's no point in going and causing trouble. I'm 35, it's not going to change anything between now and when I finish."