Boyd deal down to success in Europe, admits Durrant

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Ian Durrant admits Rangers may have to achieve a decent run in Europe before offering Kris Boyd a new deal. The striker's contract expires at the end of the season and talks over an extension have yet to take place.

The impending closure of the transfer window means speculation over the 26-year-old's future has intensified. With 31 goals to his credit last term, it is no surprise that Boyd is reportedly attracting the interest of other clubs.

Durrant would love to see Boyd remain at Rangers beyond the current campaign, but the Ibrox coach is well aware that finances will dictate whether that happens.

"I've known him since he was a kid at Kilmarnock and I know what he can do," said Durrant. "But it's purely financial now in terms of contracts. There are a few factors. We need to see how far we go in Europe and what revenue we can bring in, as well as sponsorships. It's purely financial who comes and who stays."

A proposed move to Birmingham in January collapsed when Boyd failed to agree personal terms after both clubs had agreed a fee. He has now been linked with Turkish side Trabzonspor and Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin.

Despite the speculation, Durrant hopes Boyd's future lies at Rangers. He said: "He scores goals for us and wins games and Kris will be doing that for as long as he is here. According to some of the reports he has been in Berlin and Turkey, but Kris will be here as long as he can and hopefully beyond his current contract.

"The hardest thing after Ally McCoist retired was getting a goalscorer. We had a few bit-part players but Kris Boyd can score goals."

Durrant believes this could be the year when Boyd finally makes his mark in the Champions League. The striker has largely been frustrated in the tournament so far, starting just one match against Zeta back in July 2007.

"I don't think he will have a better chance of playing in the Champions League due to the size of our squad," said Durrant. "If Kris Boyd is scoring goals then I'm sure he will come into the manager's reckoning."

Rangers are the only Clydesdale Bank Premier League club who have not added to their squad over the summer and they are unlikely to do so before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

Durrant added: " If you get a couple of signings it does give your squad a boost but unfortunately we can't do that this year. "

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