Kris Boyd picked the perfect moment to score his first goals in his second spell at Ibrox – celebrating with a hat-trick on Monday evening on what was his 31st birthday.
The striker was honest enough to acknowledge he could have scored more.
“It was great to get off the mark – it’s been a long time coming. I should have had more – I missed chances.”
It was no surprise when Kris was named sponsor’s ‘Man-of-the-Match’, having scored a hat-trick. Many however felt that the accolade should have gone elsewhere – including Boyd himself.
“As far as I’m concerned, Lewis MacLeod was the ‘Man of-the-Match’ – he and Lee McCulloch were fantastic in midfield. Lewis is a great talent – he caused Clyde all manner of problems, but like any youngster he needs to apply himself and work hard. He’s enjoying his football and is level-headed which is massively important.”
It was generous praise and there was more.
“Fraser Aird gave us widt; he got into areas that helped the strikers with regards to coming in off the touchline and taking part in the game. He wasn’t just standing out there. It was the same with Lewis, who was brilliant when he moved into the middle. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and took it to Clyde. He created numerous chances and got himself another couple of goals.
“That’s what you want from your midfielders. You want to see them running beyond strikers and taking part. Overall it was a great performance.
“Clyde might be part-time, but we knew we had to put on a performance. It was a joy to play tonight. It was a good team performance and everybody wanted the ball. When you score so early it helps.”
There was an honesty and frankness about the former Kilmarnock man as he reflected on the first three games of the new season, games which failed to yield any goals either for himself or fellow striker Kenny Miller.
“Kenny and I have struggled to get on the ball but that’s not down to the other nine players. Our movement could have been better too but Nicky Clark has come in and done really well.”