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Kris Boyd wants to repay Scotland fans

Scotland striker Kris Boyd
Boyd was used as a second half substitute at Hampden

Kris Boyd wants to repay the Scotland supporters with goals for welcoming him back to the international side after his self-imposed exile.

The Rangers striker came on as a substitute in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Czech Republic having decided to return after Craig Levein became coach.

"I was delighted to be back in a Scotland jersey and the fans were kind to me as well," he told BBC Scotland.

"Hopefully, I can pay them back with goals for my country again."

Boyd had decided he did not want to play again under previous Scotland boss George Burley after he was left on the bench during a 0-0 draw at home to Norway during last year's failed World Cup qualifying campaign.

He had braced himself for a backlash from the Tartan Army at Hampden against the Czechs.

But, while there was some booing from the stands, those were drowned out by the cheers for the 26-year-old as he came on shortly after Scotland took the lead through Scott Brown in the 62nd minute.

"I always knew some people would not be happy, but it's not them that had to make a decision to probably save their career," said Boyd, who has no regrets about his original decision.

"I felt I had to make a decision and now I am delighted to be back in a Scotland jersey.

"At that time, and I've said it on umpteen occasions, I felt that I was going nowhere.

"I was not playing at Rangers and something had to give. I had to go and concentrate solely on something and that was Rangers, to go and try to get my place back and establish myself.

"I have done that and hopefully I can start going forward with Scotland."

Boyd looked to have made a dream return to the side when he ran clear to score from a Charlie Adam through ball, but he was pulled back for offside.

"It would have been great to get on the scoresheet, but sometimes you get these decisions, sometimes you don't, but I am not going to mump and moan about it," he said.

Boyd's performance in Levein's debut in charge earned praise from the Scotland coach.

"I thought he was fantastic," said the former Dundee United manager. "It's difficult to explain to people who weren't there, but when I sat down with him and asked him about coming back, he was absolutely 100% committed.


"I could see it in his eyes. He was desperate to play and I think he showed that tonight.

"His work-rate was fantastic and he got on the end of a couple of chances.

"I don't know him as a boy that's going to cause any bother or have any sides to him.

"He's fairly straightforward and I'm hoping we can put all this stuff in the past and concentrate on improving on today's performance."

Rangers team-mate Lee McCulloch had returned to the squad in similar circumstances and was disappointed to miss out on facing the Czechs through injury.

"I've recovered quite quickly and I just missed out in the end, but hopefully I will get another shot at it," he said.

"I was really desperate to get out there and take it on the chin, whatever kind of reaction I got."

Dundee United defender Andy Webster earned his first cap for four years before coming off at half-time.

"I have not played much over the last four or five weeks and there was a bit of tightness there and I would rather not take the risk," he explained.

"It has been a long time coming and it was just nice to get back out there - and getting the result was the most important thing."

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see also
Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic
03 Mar 10 |  Football
Levein delighted with debut win
04 Mar 10 |  Football
Scotland v Czech Rep as it happened
03 Mar 10 |  Football
Wednesday's football photos
03 Mar 10 |  Football

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