Boyd out to end Tynecastle jinx

Rangers striker eager to score on Sunday

Boyd: Wants a goal

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Kris Boyd is hoping to put an end to his Tynecastle hoodoo when Rangers travel to face Hearts on Sunday.

The 26-year-old striker is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Scottish Premier League, but has only found the net once at the Edinburgh ground.

His solitary goal at Tynecastle came as a Kilmarnock player seven years ago and now Boyd is looking to make up for lost time in his side's first away match of the season.

"I scored a goal for Kilmarnock at Hearts a few years ago but I've not managed to do that with Rangers so far," he told Rangers News.

"Hopefully, if I get playing this weekend, I'll have an opportunity or two to change that. I certainly feel I can rectify things.

"You never look too much into who you do well against or who you don't quite make your mark against because these things happen in football all the time.

Chances

"I'm the type who just goes into every game looking to score. It doesn't matter who we are playing or where.

"I'm sure we'll get chances when we go to Tynecastle so if I'm involved, hopefully I can get on the end of some and find the net."

As well as Boyd's goal drought at Tynecastle, Rangers as a whole have not fared particularly well when travelling to the ground in recent years, losing twice in the past two years.

The former Scotland international realises that the Ibrox outfit cannot afford to slip up away from home if they are to successfully defend their league title.

"It's not just a personal thing, even as a club there are places where we'll maybe struggle," Boyd added.

"It has been a bit like that at Pittodrie recently and Tynecastle's another place where we've not really hit the heights.

"I can remember a night when we went there a couple of seasons ago and won 4-0 with some really good football.

Points

"Apart from that, we've not been as good as we could have been and we've dropped points here and there.

"We struggled through there last season and ended up losing 2-1. Even at Ibrox, we were 2-0 up but they came back to get a draw and Hearts have shown themselves to be very capable in the past.

"They're a side that makes things difficult for you and we know what we'll be getting from them on Sunday.

"It's up to us to show we've got players who are good enough to go to their place and beat them. Hopefully we'll do that this weekend.

"We are keen to defend our crown this season and, to do that, we have to go to grounds such as Tynecastle and win."