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Striker Kris Boyd to leave Rangers in summer

Highlights - Boyd scoring prowess

Boyd has been a lethal marksman for Rangers since 2006

Scotland striker Kris Boyd will leave Rangers this summer, manager Walter Smith has confirmed.

The 26-year-old's contract runs out in a few weeks and there has been interest from several clubs in England and elsewhere in Europe.

Boyd, who has rejected the offer of a new contract at Ibrox is yet to decide where exactly his future lies, but it will not be in Scotland.

"Kris is going. There is no doubt about that now," said Smith.

The Rangers manager, who himself this week signed a new one-year contract, was quoted in the Daily Record and his comments have now been reproduced on the club's official website.

"We have never wanted to admit he would leave, but we are doing so now," he said.

Rangers fans share views on Boyd exit

"We've made him an offer, but he's getting much higher offers from other clubs and he is going.

"Kris leaves here with the best wishes of every one of us at Rangers. He has been absolutely terrific for this club and his scoring record is second to none."

Boyd, whose 26 goals last season helped him become the Scottish Premier League's all-time record scorer, has been linked with Birmingham City, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Turkish outfits Kayserispor and Trabzonspor.

"I know people have said I had a problem with Kris because I left him out of a lot of my starting teams, but I actually get on very well with him," said Smith.

"I must admit I like him and I hope he is a success wherever he goes.

"I'm disappointed we can't offer enough to keep him with us, but I really do wish him continued success."

Rangers' Glasgow rivals Celtic this week rubbished suggestions that they had considered a bid for Boyd.

Kris Boyd applauds Rangers fans after they retained the league title
Boyd appears to have waved his goodbyes to Rangers' fans

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has been vocal in his desire to sign him for Birmingham but has cooled his interest after handing a new contract to Scotland striker Garry O'Connor and this week signing Serbian striker Nikola Zigic from Spanish side Valencia.

However, ex-Ibrox striker Shota Arveladze expressed his hopes of taking Boyd with him as he takes up his first head coach post with Kayserispor.

Boyd, who joined Rangers from Kilmarnock in 2006, will join fellow striker Nacho Novo, winger DaMarcus Beasley and left-back Steve Smith in leaving the Scottish champions when his contract expires.

Captain David Weir and fellow defender Kirk Broadfoot have also yet to agree new deals.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have had a bid rejected for teenager Danny Wilson, while fellow central defender Madjid Bougherra and midfielder Kevin Thomson have all been linked with moves away from Ibrox.

However, Rangers hope to persuade Thomson to extend his contract, which ends next summer, and say they have had no offers for Bougherra, the World Cup-bound Algerian who has two years remaining on his current deal.

Smith admitted he would start next season with a smaller squad than the one just gone but is confident debt-laden Rangers will be able to buy players for the first time in almost two years.

Even so, he has warned that they are unlikely to be of a standard to improve the club's fortunes on the European stage.

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see also
Rangers to offer Thomson new deal
27 May 10 |  Rangers
Birmingham wrap up Zigic signing
26 May 10 |  Birmingham
Rangers keep Smith for final year
25 May 10 |  Rangers
Celtic rubbish Boyd move reports
25 May 10 |  Celtic
Novo calls time on Rangers career
21 May 10 |  Rangers
Weir unfazed by Rangers bid delay
19 May 10 |  Rangers

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