Boyd keen to stay at Rangers
Kris Boyd hopes to spend the rest of his career at Rangers - despite not knowing if he will still be at the club next season.
The prolific striker, 25, looked to be on his way out of Ibrox in January when Birmingham had a bid accepted for him. The move broke down over personal terms and Boyd has gone on to net his 100th goal for the club, reaching the landmark in just 146 games.
Despite being their most potent weapon, cash-strapped Rangers may be forced into accepting another offer for Boyd when the transfer window reopens. The player himself is resigned to his fate being out of his hands but, given the choice, he knows where he would rather be.
Asked by a reporter - who had clearly forgotten his age - if he would like to end his career at Ibrox in three or four years time, Boyd joked: "I hope not - hopefully six or seven! "I'm happy here and I want to continue to play at Rangers and I want to keep scoring goals at Rangers."
Boyd, who has scored 29 goals this season, is carrying much of Rangers' Clydesdale Bank Premier League title hopes on his shoulders. But asked if he was the man to fire the club to their first league crown in four years, he said: "Andrius (Velicka) said that last week so maybe he is! I just need to wait and see."
Boyd's form has reopened the debate as to whether he should end his international exile and apologise to Scotland boss George Burley for refusing to play under him. The striker yesterday slammed the door on that possibility, insisting he stands by the decision he took in October.
Lafferty returns for run-in
Meanwhile, Ibrox team-mate Kyle Lafferty has declared himself fit for Sunday's clash against Hearts. The Northern Ireland striker has been out of action for more than five weeks after suffering an ankle injury against the Jambos on their last visit to Ibrox.
Lafferty initially feared his season was over but he now fully intends to have a key role to play in the climax to the season, with five crucial SPL matches and the Scottish Cup final to look forward to. The 21-year-old returned to training with the rest of the first team squad this week and hopes to make the bench this weekend.
He told the Rangers official website: "I'm available for selection on Sunday, which is a big bonus for me. When I first got the injury, I thought that was my season finished. I kept hearing it would be two months but then when I was told four-six weeks, it gave me something to aim for.
"It's about five weeks since I did it now so I'm really happy with that. I had been doing well in the first 35 minutes or so against Hearts before I came off with the injury and now I'm just hoping to get a run out and maybe a goal at the weekend.
"But I think it would be harsh on the lads that have come in if I went straight back in to the starting line-up because they have done really well and gone on a great run. So I know it is going to be difficult to get back in the team. I just have to work hard in training and if I get a chance in the game I need to show what I can do again."