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Former Rangers striker Boyd getting used to Portland Timbers traditions

Portland Timbers newest hero Kris Boyd admits the traditions of the MLS club will take some time getting used to.

The fans of the second-year outfit present their goalscorers with a slice of wood from a tree trunk after every match with Boyd wondering what he will do with his prizes after scoring in his past two matches, including the MLS season-opening 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union on Monday.

"The boys here - in the locker-room as they call it - say I'll need to think of something to do with the wood. It doesn't seem environmentally friendly, slicing a tree to bits whenever someone scores a goal, but long may it continue," he told SunSport.

"It was tremendous to get a goal on the first night of the season. Getting one in a pre-season friendly is one thing, but to hit the net when it matters is even better. It's a dream start for me."

And Boyd who is so used to playing for traditional football clubs like Rangers and Nottingham Forest, says even little things like the pre-match huddle and wearing green and white (the colors of Rangers' arch rivals Celtic) will be hard to get used to.

"That was a bit weird but it's the way it is. There I was wearing a green and white jersey doing a pre-match huddle," he added.

"I must admit, it was strange. As an ex-Rangers player and lifelong fan I didn't think I'd ever be doing that but it's part of the traditon here."

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