Rangers: Kris Boyd still hopeful on his international chances

Kris Boyd scored 128 goals in 192 games during his first spell with Rangers
Kris Boyd scored 128 goals in 192 games during his first spell with Rangers

Kris Boyd does not think signing for Scottish Championship side Rangers will harm his international chances.

The striker has 18 Scotland caps and was called up by Gordon Strachan for the friendly against Norway last November, although he did not feature.

And he says recent history gives him hope of getting back into the squad.

"There's been Rangers players involved in the [national] set-up when they've been in the third and second division," Boyd told BBC Scotland.

"If I'm in a team that's creating chances I know I'm going to score goals. If I can get back to the level of scoring goals week-in week-out I don't see why not [get into the national side]."

Boyd left Rangers in 2010 after a goal-laden four-year spell, and penned a one-year deal to return to Ibrox on Friday despite interest from elsewhere.

Kilmarnock, for whom the hitman notched 22 goals last season, Aberdeen and Dundee United were all chasing his signature.

"Since I left there was always rumours that I was going back but I had to wait on the club making contact," Boyd added.

"Thankfully Ally McCoist did that and gave me the chance to come back and play with this great club.

"Aberdeen, Dundee United and Kilmarnock [were interested] and I had a few offers from abroad, but I didn't want to go down that route again. I've been home for the last 14 months and really enjoyed it.

"When the chance came to go back to Rangers I didn't have to think twice about it.

"I'm a bit more experienced, I'm not going to say I'm going to get the ball 30 yards from goal and go and take three or four people on, but the older you get the more experienced you get, you know where to go and know where defenders are going to go."

With Hearts and Hibernian also in the second tier next season, Boyd knows Rangers face a battle to secure promotion to the top flight.

"In the last couple of years Rangers probably could have afforded to drop a few points and nothing was going to happen in terms of the title challenge," he added.

"But I don't think that's going to be the case this year because there are a lot of good teams down there in the Championship and it's going to be a tough league.

"You look to win every game, that's the pressure in that blue jersey, and hopefully we can kick on next season and get ourselves back in the Premier League."

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