Boyd out to prove maturity
Kris Boyd has expressed his desire to start a Champions League game for Rangers next season.
Last Updated: 28/06/09 4:04pm
Kris Boyd has expressed his desire to start a UEFA Champions League game for Rangers next season to prove he has matured as a player.
The striker has endured a topsy-turvy career and is currently vowing not to play for Scotland again while George Burley is the national team's coach.
He boasts a formidable goals-to-games ratio, having scored over a century for the Gers, but there have been suggestions he does not have the all-round ability to play at a higher level.
The 25-year-old has yet to start a Champions League match in his career and it is a statistic he is determined to change next season.
"I'm the first to admit I had a lot of daftness about me early on in my career," Boyd told the Sunday Mail.
"I was young and naive. I tended to follow other people and was influenced by them. But you have to grow up and realise what is right and wrong."
He added: "I've done just about everything I wanted to do in my Rangers career. I have won the title, cups, scored 100 goals and played for Scotland.
"But I haven't started a game in the Champions League and next season I want to be part of it. I want to stamp my authority on that tournament.
"I feel I'm ready and believe I can play at that level. If I'm lining up at Ibrox with that Champions League music on it will confirm I've matured in to the player I need to be.
"It will show I have grown in to the kind of man who can be successful at a club like Rangers. I want to build on that and show I deserve to be there."