Boyd Still Ambitious
It is good to see some players still keen to be involved at a national level
Kris Boyd knows the way to goal and how to score for the national side and he harbours hopes he can do that later again. He knows that he has to star making an impression at Kilmarnock between now and the end of the season if he is to stand any chance of being called into any Scotland squad by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. The striker is back at his former club and aiming to reclaim the form that saw him become the SPL's record goalscorer while at Rangers. It was back in a 2-1 win over Liechtenstein in September 2010 when Boyd last pulled on a Scotland strip but he insists he will have plenty to offer once he rediscovers his form at domestic level. He said: "I need to get back playing here at Kilmarnock and scoring goals. Gordon has said in the last couple of days that he wants to mix experience with youth. Hopefully I'm in that age group between 28 and 32 and I am experienced enough. I've tasted it, I've played with Scotland on numerous occasions and scored goals at that level. I know I can do it. It's a matter of getting myself fit again. You don't lose anything you've got ability-wise, it's just working on the fitness. Between now and the end of the season, hopefully I can get the games and start scoring goals regularly again."Boyd was signed Strachan when he was at Middlesbrough and has no doubts about the Scotland manager's ability to improve the fortunes of the national team. Boyd went on: "He's a great guy. He brings an enthusiasm that the whole Scottish game needs at this moment. This campaign is finished but he will have us in good shape going forward. It's down to the players. I include myself because I've been part of the Scotland set-up in the past and it's us who are going on to the pitch and not getting the results. You can only change managers so often. At the end of the day, it lies with the players."Kilmarnock are without the suspended Paul Heffernan for Saturday's game in Dingwall against Ross County, while Cillian Sheridan is doubtful. Lack of options up front for manager Kenny Shiels could see Boyd get his first start on his return to Rugby Park. He said: "I feel okay but it's up to the manager what team he selects. I've not played a lot of football in the last year. If I play I will give it my all. I've trained well the last couple of weeks but if it means I have to wait until Wednesday to get a start, then so be it. I feel as though I'm ready but the manager has decisions to make. It's a place I've never been. They were in the First Division when I played here the last time. They've done fantastically well this season and they've caused a lot of teams problems. When you look at Celtic a couple of weeks ago, they struggled to cope with their work-rate. We've got a game-plan going into the game and hopefully we can emphasise our points against them and get the three points we need."
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