Kris Boyd has hit out at the criticism levelled at fellow Rangers striker Kenny Miller – and insists he is proving his doubters wrong.
Both players were on the scoresheet on Saturday to earn a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock to send Rangers to the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League ahead of Celtic’s visit to Motherwell 24 hours later.
Boyd cancelled out Jamie Hamill’s shock opener for Killie before Miller helped himself to a double in the space of three minutes – after netting twice against Forfar in the Homecoming Scottish Cup a few days earlier.
While Boyd finds himself criticised for scoring goals and not much else, Miller has been singled out by some observers for not finding the back of the net often enough.
But Boyd insisted: “The criticism he gets is unfair.
“He has scored 11 goals this season which isn’t bad for someone who supposedly doesn’t score.
“Whatever contribution he brings to the team, he has also given us the goals as well. He has done well in that aspect.”
Miller has been hampered by a hamstring injury in recent weeks but Boyd believes he is now hitting top form at exactly the right time as the title race hots up.
He added: “I thought he was excellent and not just because of his two goals.
“Especially in the first half, I thought he did really well, linking the play and getting beyond Kilmarnock.
“He looked liked the Kenny from before the last month. He has struggled for the last couple of weeks with a hamstring injury but this game showed he is back fit and ready to play.”
Boyd, himself, was a doubt ahead of the clash with his former club with a heavy cold.
But he continued his impressive goalscoring form against the Rugby Park outfit, bringing his tally to 13 goals in 12 games against his old team-mates.
He said: “I felt a lot better before the game, although I wasn’t 100%.
“But I declared myself fit enough to play and the gaffer gave me the chance.
“We won the game but huffed and puffed at times. We had a couple of chances and then Kilmarnock scored and made it difficult for us.
“But we managed to get three quick goals and that has settled the game.”
Kilmarnock have not registered a win in their last five attempts but manager Jim Jefferies blamed individual errors for the collapse at Ibrox rather than a lack of self-belief in the dressing room.
He said: “I can’t see how lack of confidence comes into it.
“We’ve not been playing that badly. Okay, the results have been going against us but how can you say it’s lack of confidence?
“It’s lack of concentration, not lack of confidence.”