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Boyd will not accept reduced deal

Kris Boyd prepares to leave the field after being injured against Celtic
Boyd was injured against Celtic and was substituted before half-time

Kris Boyd's long-term future with Rangers is again in doubt and he could face weeks on the sidelines with an eye injury suffered against Celtic.

The striker, who is out of contract next summer, is believed to be unwilling to accept a new deal on reduced terms from the hard-up club.

Sources close to the player stress that there would be no shortage of offers from other clubs should he leave Ibrox.

Boyd will have a scan on Wednesday to assess his damaged eye socket.

The 26-year-old had to be replaced with Kyle Lafferty after 42 minutes of Sunday's 2-1 Old Firm derby victory over Celtic following a clash of heads with Landry N'Guemo.

Boyd, who was Rangers' top scorer last season but has gone six games without a goal, had returned to the starting line-up after two matches on the bench.

He has received no official offer of a new contract from Rangers, but the Glasgow club's financial problems have been well-publicised and it is thought that they are unwilling to increase his terms.

I'm travelling down to London and I'm optimistic of being back playing within the next four weeks

Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu

Boyd rejected a transfer to Birmingham City in January at a time when Rangers were desperate to sell one of their prize assets to reduce their debt.

The Ibrox outfit were unable to make any significant moves in the transfer market during the summer despite winning the Scottish Premier League and qualifying for the lucrative Champions League.

Boyd was also linked with Turkish outfit Trabzonspor and German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin before the closure of the most recent transfer window.

It is understood that those or other clubs could rekindle their interest, with Boyd free to talk to other potential employers in January if he has not agreed a new contract.

Meanwhile, Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu is hoping to be given the all clear to resume full training when he visits a specialist in London about his knee problem.

The 23-year-old American, injured in the final game of last season against Dundee United, was hoping for good news.


"I'm travelling down to London and I'm optimistic of being back playing within the next four weeks," he told Rangers' website.

Striker Kenny Miller is also seeing a specialist in Germany on Tuesday, when he will visit the renowned Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt about a persistent nerve problem in his leg.

Miller, who scored both Rangers' goals against Celtic, was left out of the Scotland squad to face Japan on Saturday to help him find a solution to his injury.

Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson withdrew from George Burley's national squad after missing Sunday's Glasgow derby with a knee injury.

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