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Striker Kris Boyd buoyed by Middlesbrough move


Boyd, Lamb and Strachan happy with Boro deal

Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd has revealed the motivation to join the club from Rangers was the potential of Premier League football.

Boro failed to seal a return to the top flight last season but 26-year-old Boyd is hopeful of playing his part in a promotion bid at the Riverside.

"I'm still young enough to get to the top level and I've got a chance here," Boyd told BBC Look North.

"It's a different challenge but it's one I'm looking forward to."

For boss Gordon Strachan, Boyd is the latest in a line of Scottish Premier League imports to Teesside since his arrival in October 2009, and follows former Old Firm rivals Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Scott McDonald in joining the club.

However the former Celtic boss is confident that the SPL produces players like Boyd who are capable of success in England.

The manager said: 'You've won stuff' and if you can help the dressing room, you can breed that into people, that winning mentality

Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd

"If you look at any manager who has spent a lot of time in a country, look at Arsene Wenger at Arsenal with the French players, or Liverpool with the Spanish, because of that you've played against or watched players and know more about them.

"If you look at players that didn't set the Scottish league on fire who have come down here, like Charlie Adam, who has been an absolute star, and Graham Dorrans.

"The Scottish Premier League is a breeding ground for players who can come down here and be a success, it breeds people with real character."

Boyd leaves behind a Rangers side fresh from winning the Scottish Premier League title, an achievement which the former Kilmarnock striker played a key role in with 26 goals last term.

"As the manager said: "you've won stuff" and if you can help the dressing room, you can breed that into people, that winning mentality," Boyd said.

"A draw at Rangers or Celtic was a bad result, and if you look at the Championship over the last few years if you pick up points on the road then it's not a bad result."

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