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Monday, January 30, 2012

BREAKING: Timbers Nab "Proven Goal-Scorer" Kris Boyd

Posted by Brian Gjurgevich on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Newest Timber Kris Boyd in 2009, while playing for Scottish Premiere League club Rangers.
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  • Newest Timber Kris Boyd in 2009, while playing for Scottish Premiere League club Rangers.

The most prolific scorer in Scottish Premiere League history is now a Portland Timber.

Kris Boyd, a 28-year-old striker who scored 164 goals in 296 appearances from 2000-10 was signed today as Portland's third Designated Player.

"Kris is a proven goal-scorer at the highest levels of the game," said Timbers coach (and fellow Scot) John Spencer. "And we expect that to continue here in Portland."

Huge signing for Portland, which was rumored to have beaten out Everton and Rangers for Boyd's services. From the press release:

A native of Irvine, Scotland, Boyd was Rangers’ top scorer in each of his five seasons with the club, tallying 20 or more goals in a season three times. He compiled his 101 goals with Rangers in 143 appearances. Boyd’s scoring prowess led Rangers to back-to-back Scottish Premier League championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10 as well as a pair of Scottish Cup (2007-08, 2008-09) and three Scottish League Cup titles (2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10).

Boyd claimed the SPL’s scoring crown four times in five seasons, including the 2005-06 campaign in which he netted a career-high 32 goals while splitting time between Kilmarnock and Rangers. He shares the league’s record for goals in a single match with five, a feat he achieved twice during his career in the SPL. With the Scotland National Team, Boyd has seven goals to his credit in 18 appearances. ... Boyd has been called up for several international competitions, including a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier and several European Championship qualifiers.

I’m delighted to be in Portland and hopefully I’ll be over as soon as the visa matches up to be in time to be ready for the season,” said Boyd.

Click past the jump for a video Boyd's highlights with Rangers. First impression? Dude can flat-out finish.

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