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Dons target Boyd is a man in demand

Kris Boyd
Kris Boyd

Former Rangers attacker Kris Boyd claims he has received contract offers from both Aberdeen and Dundee United for his services.

The 30-year-old forward, who scored 22 goals for Kilmarnock last season, is out of contract at Rugby Park.

Killie have not given up hope of convincing Boyd, pictured, who was shortlisted for the PFA Scotland player of the year award, to stay in Ayrshire, but the Scotland international does not want another relegation struggle next season.

Boyd, who has dismissed links with a return to Ibrox, was instrumental in helping Killie avoid a relegation play-off, scoring the winning goal on the final day of the season at Hibernian and is eager to avoid a repeat. He said: “There’s been interest from the two of them (Aberdeen and Dundee United) but there’s been interest from numerous clubs. Aberdeen and Dundee United get the ball up the pitch in dangerous areas where I think I can be effective.

“But it is not just Aberdeen and Dundee United that I’ve had offers from.

“Kilmarnock are still there as well. I said at the end of the season for me the big thing at Kilmarnock was to push on and sign players and hopefully get in the top six. Right now that’s not been the case. I’ve had a brief conversation with Kilmarnock. I’ve not spoken or heard anything from Rangers.

“Teams have registered an interest and I’ve spoken to a few teams. The most important thing is to be winning games, I don’t want to be getting beat every week.

“I want to be pushing for the top six and at least having a chance in the cup competitions.

“Wherever I end up if it is still at Kilmarnock or wherever I will turn up and do my work properly. I know if I give it my all I can be up the top of the goal scoring charts in the Scottish Premiership.”

Boyd is in a strong position with clubs vying for his signature and he is willing to wait for offers before making a decision on where he will be playing his football next season.

He said: “I’m going on holiday and I’m going to take my time over what I’m doing and make a decision from there. It’s a big decision for me. I’m coming to what I believe are the best years of my career and I want to give myself every chance to perform at a level where I know I can score goals but also get myself back in the Scotland set up.”

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