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Boyd's focus remains on keeping Kilmarnock in top flight

HIS next destination has become the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks but Kris Boyd has other matters to occupy his mind.

The Kilmarnock striker is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to Rangers and with a move to the English League 1 side Rotherham.

It is the former of those clubs that will have the ultimate say on where the Scotland striker plies his trade next season but any move will depend on Rangers' financial status come the summer and whether Ally McCoist has the funds to make him an offer.

Boyd insists he is yet to make a decision even if the impression is that he would walk on hands and knees to Ibrox should the call come. But for now he wants to concentrate on the job at hand, namely ensuring that Kilmarnock remain in the SPFL Premiership. The Rugby Park outfit have a five-point cushion separating them from the relegation play-off spot but Boyd is concerned it might not be enough of an advantage.

"There has been a lot of rumours flying about," he said. But I have not spoken to anyone and that's the way it will stay until the end of the season. I want to stay fully focused, score as many goals as possible and hopefully help Kilmarnock stay in this division. Kilmarnock gave me the chance to play football again and I'm grateful for that. But the club can't rely on individuals. We're a team and we have to march forward together, so that's why I can't go into training every day if my focus is elsewhere."

Kilmarnock host St Johnstone today and Boyd believes the Ayrshire men should use their Perth opponents - who have already clinched top-six football for the third straight season - as a template.

"If there is a club in this league which the sides in the bottom half of the table should be looking to copy, then it is St Johnstone. They do it on a small budget, they work hard and do everything properly. It's a great platform they have built."

One man who is similarly in no doubt about where his loyalties lie is Steven Anderson, the St Johnstone defender, who is in the midst of his testimonial year. While Boyd's goalscoring exploits were recognised with a return to the Scotland squad in November following a three-year hiatus, Anderson is of the opinion that one of his team-mates, the full-back Dave McKay, has been overlooked for too long.

The St Johnstone captain makes his 200th appearance against Kilmarnock and Anderson believes McKay has been ignored because he plays for a less fashionable club.

He said: "He's been the most consistent right-back in the country for years. He's been in the team of the year loads of times and anyone who has played with him or against him knows how good he is. Guys have been brought into the Scotland squad left, right and centre over the years but Dave has never had the shout. He's miles better than some of the guys who have picked up caps in their careers."

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