Boyd breaks SPL record
Kris Boyd helped himself to five to become the SPL's all-time leading scorer as Rangers destroyed Dundee Utd.
Last Updated: 31/12/09 8:53am
Kris Boyd helped himself to five goals to become the SPL's all-time leading scorer as Rangers destroyed Dundee United 7-1 at Ibrox.
Boyd bagged a nine-minute hat-trick in the first half to set Walter Smith's side en route to a comfortable victory that extends their SPL lead over Celtic to seven points.
United were given hope when Damian Casalinuovo pulled one back and Gers striker Kenny Miller saw red, but the home side continued their onslaught.
Boyd scored two more in the second half with other goals from Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra adding the icing on the cake to send out a strong message to the Bhoys.
Nacho Novo had the ball in the back of the net in the opening minutes but the assistant's offside flag was raised well before he unleashed the shot.
The Spaniard had another chance a few minutes later. Kirk Broadfoot supplied the cross from the right, which was touched on by Miller. Boyd, a few yards out, left the ball for Novo only for him to blast well over.
The breakthrough came when referee William Collum pointed to the penalty spot when Dods foolishly shoved Miller in the box. Boyd stepped up for the spot-kick and rifled low into the net to hand the Scottish champions the advantage with 20 minutes gone.
Steven Davis was denied by the woodwork when his angled drive smacked off the far post but he turned provider to set up Boyd for his second after 25 minutes.
Novo was fouled by Mickael Kovacevic 25 yards out and Davis rolled a short free-kick to the striker to lash a low shot past Nicky Weaver and into the back of the net.
Garry Kenneth was then called into action to hook Boyd's volley off the line moments later but, with just 29 minutes gone, the prolific hitman claimed his hat-trick to level Larsson as the SPL's top scorer with 158 goals.
Miller beat Kenneth before providing the cross for Boyd to stab home from close range to hand Rangers a comfortable lead heading into the break.
United emerged for the second half determined to show a positive reaction and that is exactly what they did when they pulled a goal back a minute after the restart.
Paul Dixon supplied a lovely cross for substitute Casalinuovo to fire through the legs of Allan McGregor from close-range.
The home side were then dealt another blow when Miller was shown a straight red card for violent conduct with 51 minutes gone following a clash with Dods - ruling him out of the Old Firm clash on Sunday.
Rangers swapped Novo for Whittaker and he had an immediate impact when he claimed a goal after 68 minutes. Kyle Lafferty supplied the cross and Whittaker shrugged off Dixon to fire past the helpless Weaver.
Boyd then broke Larsson's record with 75 minutes gone. The striker and Dods both went for Whittaker's corner with Boyd denied by both Weaver and Dods before finally stabbing home at the third attempt.
Not content, he claimed his fifth five minutes later when he rifled into the top corner from 12 yards before leaving the pitch to a hug from Walter Smith.
Bougherra then went on a mazy run from the halfway line, dodging a string of United players, before sending a low shot into the back of the net and seal an emphatic 7-1 win with five minutes to go.