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McCoist wants Boyd to stay

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist admits he would be "crazy'' if he did not want striker Kris Boyd to remain at Ibrox beyond the end of his current contract, which expires next summer.

The 26-year-old had yet to sign a new deal, with recent reports suggesting he would be unwilling to accept a new contract on reduced terms. He has been linked with several clubs since a proposed move to Birmingham last January collapsed over personal terms.

However, Boyd has already expressed his desire to remain at Ibrox and McCoist insists he is just as keen to see the prolific hitman pledge his long-term future to the club.

"From my point of view, as the assistant manager, I think it would be great if Kris stayed,'' said McCoist. "We value his goals highly and I've said on numerous occasions that pound for pound I think he is the top finisher going in the country.

"If we can provide him the ball in that area, he will score us goals. So, from that point of view, it would be crazy for me to say anything other than I hope he stays.''

McCoist's own contract is up in January but he says he is more than happy to leave negotiations to manager Walter Smith, who is also in the process of thrashing out a new deal with new chairman Alastair Johnston.

"I'm leaving that in the capable hands of Walter,'' he said. "We will see what happens but it's not something I'm worrying about. We will hopefully get something sorted out but I'm just leaving that in the gaffer's hands.''

With a trip to St Johnstone looming this weekend, Rangers' recent away form is of more pressing concern for McCoist.

Kenny Miller and Nacho Novo were both on the scoresheet in games against Celtic and Sevilla respectively at Ibrox, but the champions drew a blank against both Kilmarnock and Motherwell on the road.

McCoist hopes the Old Firm derby triumph will act as the catalyst Rangers need to finally hit top form both home and away.

"After the second half in Stuttgart, we were hopeful we could kick on from there and we didn't really to be honest," he added. We woke up on the morning of the Old Firm game with all sorts of injury worries and sickness and it wasn't the ideal team we planned to send out.

"But thankfully the lads were great for us. Andy Little got a hamstring injury in the first two or three minutes and it wasn't an ideal start but it goes without saying that the result is the most important thing in Old Firm games and we got the result. Hopefully now we can kick on and get a bit of stability.

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