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Boyd happy to play waiting game over new deal

Kris Boyd may be heading into the final year of his Rangers contract but he has no intention of knocking on Walter Smith's door looking for a new deal.

Instead, the striker intends to do his talking on the pitch by emulating last season's efforts and netting more than 30 goals.

Despite a disappointing lack of pre-season action, the striker is hoping to be back in the manager's plans and opening his goalscoring account for the new season in the Premier League opener against Falkirk.

Boyd said: "I've got a year left, I've not spoken to anyone. It's not down to me. I just want to get myself back in the team. Hopefully I'll start on Saturday and get up and running scoring goals and whatever happens happens.

"There is no better place than playing in front of 50,000 at Ibrox every week so I'll just get my head down and try to score goals.''

Boyd looked set for the Ibrox exit in January when Rangers accepted a bid from Birmingham but the move collapsed over personal terms and he remained to play a major role in claiming a domestic double.

"It was a bit of an up and down period for me in January but I got through it and finished the season well,'' he said. "I'm looking forward to the start of the new season on Saturday and I'm looking forward to the challenge this year.''

While Rangers have had a number of pre-season friendlies to prepare them for the defence of their title, Celtic already have competitive action under their belts after disposing of Dinamo Moscow in Champions League qualifying.

However, Boyd has no fears about the champions being in worse shape than their Old Firm rivals for the new campaign as a result.

He said: "I think Celtic would rather be in the Champions League group stages; they would rather be in our position. It's not going to make a difference because we don't play them for another couple of months.

"We look forward to playing Falkirk on Saturday. They have had a European game as well but it makes no difference. We have played tough friendlies and have coped well so we look forward to Saturday.''

Rangers will be without Nacho Novo, who was ruled out for the rest of August - and possibly longer - after it was confirmed he had dislocated his left shoulder.

The Spanish forward underwent scans on Wednesday following a training accident last Friday and the initial prognosis was proven correct.

Novo will see a specialist next week in a bid to find a course of treatment that will enable him to return to action as soon as possible but he is definitely out until at least next month.

Falkirk, meanwhile, could have up to seven new players on show when they run out at Ibrox.

New boss Eddie May's recruitment drive has been unmatched in the SPL this summer.

That is in stark contrast to Falkirk's hosts, who have yet to bring in any new faces.


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