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By ESPN Staff
Aug 10, 2008

Boyd: I could have rescued Gers in Europe

Kris Boyd insists he could have averted Rangers' shock European exit had he been given a start against FBK Kaunas.

Boyd, who was the club's top scorer last term with 25 goals despite starting only 23 games, is sure he would have scored in the Champions League second qualifying round.

The former Kilmarnock striker came off the bench in the 66th minute of the goalless first leg at Ibrox and was brought on with two minutes left in Lithuania - moments after Rangers fell 2-1 behind.

'Over the two legs I could have got one or two goals,' Boyd told the Sunday Mail.

'I don't think Kaunas were anything great. Even on their day I don't think they're any better than a team finishing fourth or fifth in Scotland.'

Boyd, who started yesterday's 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win at Falkirk yesterday, when Andrius Velicka scored the winner, admitted Rangers 'haven't been at it' since beginning their pre-season campaign.

He feels the club is crying out for a creative midfielder following the loss of Barry Ferguson to a serious ankle injury and the failed bid to make Steven Davis' loan move from Fulham more permanent.

Boyd stressed he was not criticising the club's midfielders, but claimed they needed a playmaker to complement their strengths.

'We need someone who can create and cut a team open,' said the 24-year-old, who was today reported to be a target for German clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Cologne.

'Guys like Barry Ferguson and Steve Davis can do that. When we needed someone to take control of a game last season we were able to do it thorough Barry or Steve.

'Davis should still be our top target. He created a lot of chances for me.'

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