Football - Boyd hoping for Scotland recall

Kris Boyd hopes he can catch the eye of Gordon Strachan and resurrect his Scotland career if he impresses for Kilmarnock between now and the end of the season.

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Kris Boyd, pictured, was signed by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough

The striker is back at his former club and aiming to reclaim the form that saw him become the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's record goalscorer while at Rangers. He has not featured for the national team since a 2-1 win over Liechtenstein in September 2010.

But Boyd, 29, insists he still has plenty to offer once he rediscovers his form at domestic level. He said: "I need to get back playing here at Kilmarnock and scoring goals. Gordon has said in the last couple of days that he wants to mix experience with youth. Hopefully I'm in that age group between 28 and 32 and I am experienced enough.

"I've tasted it, I've played with Scotland on numerous occasions and scored goals at that level. I know I can do it. It's a matter of getting myself fit again. You don't lose anything you've got ability-wise, it`s just working on the fitness. Between now and the end of the season, hopefully I can get the games and start scoring goals regularly again."

Boyd was signed by Strachan at Middlesbrough and has no doubts about the Scotland boss' ability to transform the fortunes of the national team. The World Cup qualifying campaign was all but over when he replaced Craig Levein at the helm and defeats to Wales and Serbia have since sealed the Scots' fate.

Boyd added: "He's a great guy. He brings an enthusiasm that the whole Scottish game needs at this moment. This campaign is finished but he will have us in good shape going forward.

"It's down to the players. I include myself because I've been part of the Scotland set-up in the past and it's us who are going on to the pitch and not getting the results. You can only change managers so often. At the end of the day, it lies with the players."

Kilmarnock are without the suspended Paul Heffernan for their clash at Ross County, while Cillian Sheridan is doubtful.

Lack of options up front could see Boyd handed his first start. He said: "I feel okay but it's up to the manager what team he selects.

"I've not played a lot of football in the last year. If I play I will give it my all. I've trained well the last couple of weeks but if it means I have to wait until Wednesday to get a start, then so be it. I feel as though I'm ready but the manager has decisions to make."

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