The Kilmarnock goalkeeper was being kept late by photographers but had already dined out at his team-mate's expense anyway; poking fun at the punch the latter had aimed at St Mirren's Jim Goodwin, causing Boyd to miss the match against Hibernian today. "You can't say it was Rocky, can you? It was like something his missus or daughter would throw," Samson said. "I wouldn't call it a 'punch' . . ."
Similar scorn had been meted out earlier in the week but it was not intended to leave a bruise. Boyd took leave of his senses during last weekend's draw and the striker will be absent from the squad today as he serves a suspension, although he has not been excluded in training - instead being embraced in the name of "good banter" and pinched for being the butt of the joke. It has allowed the Kilmarnock squad to admonish their top scorer for his actions while also protecting him from his own frustration.
It has had a cathartic effect on the squad too, since they will travel to Easter Road having failed to win in any of their three league fixtures so far. Kilmarnock have dropped points but not their sense of humour and the capacity to temper their disappointment has been tended to by the wit of more experienced figures such as Manuel Pascali, Boyd and Samson. It has given a strength of character to a squad which still seems callow, even with the recent additions of Barry Nicholson and Mark Stewart on six-month contracts. "I think there may be some places where it is a wee bit difficult to gel with the team, but that's not the case here," said Samson, who has been named in the Scotland squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Belgium on September 6 and Macedonia four days later.
The goalkeeper can be given as a working example, as he has been fending off the competition of Antonio Reguero after the pair arrived in the summer. Both had walked away from regular starting places with St Mirren and Inverness Caledonian Thistle respectively to move to Ayrshire but there has been no animosity around the decision to appoint Samson as No.1. "I've played the first three games but Toni hasn't tried to make it difficult," said the 29-year-old.
"I've been fortunate throughout my career that I've got on with every goalie I've worked with. People talk about the goalkeepers' union and there is an aspect of that. You don't like to see the other ones make mistakes and you praise them when they've made good saves."
Such words have been delivered in almost perfect English after Reguero resolved to attend English classes this summer. The Spaniard's team-mates have since sought to add a few more choice phrases to his repertoire. "He's learned a fair bit of Scottish," added Samson. "He was at an English course for four hours on Wednesday and he must be one of the better ones. I certainly couldn't speak Spanish the way he's talking English."
Reguero would likely have struggled to place a few of the words used within the Hibs dressing room during the early weeks of the campaign, even if he might have inferred their meaning from the context. The Edinburgh side have been assailed by ignominy since returning to action; being cuffed by Malmo in a Europa League qualifier, losing to Hearts in the league and waiting a full 542 minutes between their final goal last season and their first of the new term, scored by Scott Robertson against Dundee United last weekend. It did not seem as though there would be quite so long a wait for Pat Fenlon to be replaced as manager given such torrid form.
The Irishman was given support from chairman Rod Petrie this week - a practice which does not often do a lot to boost the confidence of a coach - while there was further support offered from Ben Williams yesterday. "There are definitely not any players who are not playing for the manager," insisted the Hibs goalkeeper.
That should not be a message which Williams feels inclined to make too regularly but the limp manner of many of Hibs' recent performances invited scrutiny over how much faith the squad has in its leader. "I think it is just a case of the lads being a little bit low on confidence at the moment," Williams expanded. "You're just waiting for that real positive result that we need to change that around. Once the lads are positive and they have got their confidence back you will really see a different side to the players.
"There is pressure on the manager. There is pressure on any manger. We have not had the start that we wanted, as have other clubs in the [SPFL Premiership], but it is still incredibly early. We're only three games into the season and we're answering questions about the pressure on the manager. It all just seems a bit premature, but I suppose that is the nature of football at the moment.
"I don't know how it comes across on the touchline but he is a very passionate man and he is committed to the club and to us as players. He wants us to do well and that is what we are all striving to do."