Swings and roundabouts for the Ibrox club.
Even in the SPL, a striker that is guaranteed to get goals deserves to be at the top end of the team’s payment scale. It is a team game and a forward can’t score without the help of his team-mates but the difference, even in confidence, a top goal-grabber can make to a club is immense.
That is why Rangers were right to offer Kris Boyd around £18,000 a week.
The striker can earn more down South but it is obvious he will only leave if forced out in the summer and this move to at least double his wages shows Rangers willingness to keep him at the club.
The Evening Times on Wednesday ran an article stating that the bank had yet to agree to the Boyd deal and that they could still “scupper” the deal. The article seemed to place an amount of pressure on the bank and to spell out to fans that the club was doing all it could to keep the striker.
They also said that there have been no progression with Nacho Novo or Kirk Broadfoot and their contracts.
The Evening Times also managed to sidestep the issue that youngsters Danny Wilson and John Fleck appear to have their minds set on leaving the club as well. And no media source has given any thought to poor DaMarcus Beasley this week, who is also out of contract in the summer.
Therefore, it appears as though Kris Boyd may be in line for a big pay-rise, the rest of the Rangers squad may be stuck on their current rations.
Which, as said at the top, is understandable for Boyd but will his team-mates think the same?
Will Nacho Novo, currently saying “no thanks” to any deal that may be offered to him look at Kris Boyd and think that Boyd deserves four times the money that Novo is on?
Novo has scored as many, if not more, crucial goals for Rangers over his time as Boyd and the Spaniard has further endeared himself to the legions with his public loathing of all things Celtic and Aberdeen.
Will the rest of the team, knowing that downsizing is going to remain a feature at the club for the foreseeable future, think it is justified for one player to get a bumper deal while the rest do not?
On one hand, they should ask themselves where they would be without Boyd’s goals? They would have a lot less win bonuses and they wouldn’t be 7 points clear at the top, that’s for sure.
However, footballers are not the most logical of people. They’ve got Bentley’s to pay for and the majority of their ambitions revolve around fame, money and picking up that little blonde piece at the end of the bar…all fair enough but it does mean their ego can be affected by the smallest things.
So….on a day when the Daily Record is running with the story that the bank have knocked back a takeover bid (but it’s a Keith Jackson story, so let’s not immediately believe its true), how will the Rangers squad react to the potential windfall for Boyd whilst the rest miss out.
It is hardly the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” but there are a lot of tough choice to make at Ibrox.
Is it worthwhile sacrificing other players to keep Boyd?