Rangers Boyd in line for Champions League call-up

Rangers boss Walter Smith could well hand Kris Boyd a rare Champions League outing as Rangers bid to see off Stuttgart on Tuesday night.

Rangers boss Walter Smith could well hand Kris Boyd a rare Champions League outing as Rangers bid to see off Stuttgart on Tuesday night.

The striker has spent most European nights on the bench, with Kenny Miller usually given the nod in the lone striker role favoured by the Smith.

In fact, Boyd's one and only start in the competition was in a qualifying match against Montenegrin side Zeta back in July 2007 and he has made no secret of his desire to play a bigger role in the tournament.

Boyd and Miller have proved to be an effective partnership in the Scottish Premier League, with both on the scoresheet in the 3-0 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend and the former notching his eighth goal of the season.

Asked whether he will stick with the same front pairing against the Germans, Smith smiled: "You will have to wait and see."

But he admitted Boyd is in his thoughts for the match, adding: "You are always tempted to play him.

"There is always a temptation to play anyone who gets his number of goals and there has been since I came here.

"There have been some games where it has worked okay leaving him out and there have been some games where I wish I had put him in."

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