26 Feb Kilmarnock midfielder Power backs ‘brilliant’ Boyd to top scoring charts this season
Alan Power believes Kris Boyd can continue throwing his weight about for a while yet as he backed his Kilmarnock colleague to finish the season as the Ladbrokes Premiership’s leading scorer.
Boyd netted his 12th league goal of the campaign against Hibernian on Saturday as he drew level with Rangers poacher Alfredo Morelos at the top of the scoring charts.
It was another shot in the eye of the former Scotland forward’s terrace critics who regularly taunt him with jibes about his physique.
But Power reckons the 34-year-old – who recently reversed plans to retire at the end of the campaign after being rewarded with a 12-month contract extension by Rugby Park boss Steve Clarke – is in perfect shape to continue his deadly run.
The Irish midfielder told Press Association Sport: “He’s been brilliant for us recently. He got a bit of stick at the start of the season but when you get Boydy in and around the box you are guaranteed goals.
“I don’t see why he can’t win the top-scorer award. He is a selfish forward but that’s the way you need to be if you’re going to be scoring lots of goals.
“If he’s not aiming for that goalscoring prize I’d be very surprised.
“He’s playing as well as he ever as. His confidence must be soaring and it just shows that you are never down and out.
“Not a chance should he be thinking about retirement. I don’t think he’s anywhere near it. He’s a fit man – he might get stick from people (about his weight) but he’s a fit man, never injured and is still scoring goals.
“He’s always comes up with the perfect response when opposition fans taunt him – and that’s sticking the ball in the net.
“The longer he can do that the better.”
Clarke could do with his main predator continuing his hot streak when Killie travel to Hearts on Wednesday night.
Victory over the Jambos in Edinburgh will see his side climb to fifth place.
But the cautious boss, who took over back in October with the Ayrshiremen bottom of the table, is still more interested in opening up an 18-point lead over 12th-placed Ross County.
“When you’re brought into a club and told this is your brief – guide us away from relegation – then you have to follow that brief through until it’s no longer an issue,” he said.
“When it’s no longer an issue, then you can re-adjust your targets for the season.
“So at the moment the targets are still to get as far away from the bottom as possible.
“We’re up against a very strong Hearts side on Tuesday. They don’t give much away and since they’ve gone back to Tynecastle they’ve had a very good home record.
“It will be a tough game. They are a physical side but have a sprinkling of some very good players and they will cause us problems. Hopefully we can cause them problems.
“We go there with no fear and with confidence and we’ll work as hard as we can to get another three points on the board.”