Kris Boyd showed Scotland manager George Burley what he is missing as the Rangers striker's double clinched a 3-1 win over Hamilton on Saturday. Boyd was in action for the first time since quitting international duty earlier this month in frustration at being left on the bench by Burley for Scotland's FIFA 2010 World Cup™ qualifier against Norway. But he showed the goal touch that Scotland could do with to help Rangers avoid a shock defeat after Brian Easton opened the scoring for the home side.
Boyd claimed he was never given a chance by Burley but with six goals this season he remains one of Scotland's more prolific forwards. Only the woodwork prevented Hamilton from taking the lead after 24 minutes when an Alex Neil corner found Simon Mensing, whose header crashed off the crossbar from a few yards out. Two minutes later, the home side were ahead anyway. Madjid Bougherra fouled James Gibson out on the left and Neil delivered the free-kick beyond a packed box where Easton was waiting at the far post to nod home, despite Bougherra's attempts to clear on the line.
Rangers were back on level terms three minutes before the break when Trent McClenahan was deemed to have pushed Kenny Miller in the box and Boyd stepped up to confidently rifle home the resulting spot-kick. Rangers headed into the second half with renewed confidence, taking the lead just five minutes after the restart. Steven Davis was the provider with a driven cross which was met by the head of Boyd who flicked home from six yards. A hint of offside perhaps explained his cautious celebrations but the goal was given. It was substitute Nacho Novo who wrapped up the points with 10 minutes to go when he raced into the box and slotted home.