Middlesbrough announced the signing of Kris Boyd on a free transfer this week. This is quite a coup for the northeast club after he was offered a £50,000 per week deal in Turkey.
Boro will be hoping that the all-time leading SPL scorer will inject some much needed goals into the squad.
Middlesbrough first courted Boyd last January but no deal could be reached. With the striker out of contract, he had many suitors before eventually decided on Boro.
He is Strachan’s eighth signing from the Scottish leagues after bringing in Flood, Robson, Miller, Killen, McDonald, McManus, and Halliday.
But Boyd is the one played that will excite the fans and hopefully bring some of the dwindling crowds back to the Riverside.
McManus also looks set to sign on a permanent deal and with a core of experienced quality players, a new optimism could be about to shine through.
Boro are still short of some defensive steel and some creativity in their midfield. The youngster Halliday will struggle to fill the void left by Adam Johnson, and Boyd will need some good deliveries if he is to score the goals expected of him.
Boyd will be looking to be top of the Championship goalscoring charts and is a player who could perform well if Boro get promoted back into the top flight.
He is their first signing that seems to be showing some ambition rather than plugging holes the exiting players have left, and if a few more players of his quality are signed itcould be the start of a big year for Boro fans.