Strachan Boyd by signing

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Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan hailed Kris Boyd as one of the best goalscorers in Europe as he earmarked the Scotland striker for a key role in the season ahead.

And Strachan was celebrating another new signing when he landed Charlton captain Nicky Bailey on a three-year contract. Strachan is convinced Boyd can transfer his record-breaking scoring form in Scotland to the English game.

"We're trying to build the team up with goalscorers, people potentially to score goals, and we have one of the best in Europe - that's a fact," Strachan said.

He added: "The chairman [Steve Gibson] has done well and the club has done well to get Kris.

"We know all about Kris and what he can do. Of course the fans are going to be excited. Kris is not a dribbler or a flamboyant player but he is the type of footballer who can score lots of goals.

"We like what we see of Kris and we think he will fit in well here. The only point he wants to prove is to do well for his team-mates and manager and he will do that by working hard for the team."

Former Kilmarnock striker Boyd overtook Henrik Larsson last season to become the record scorer in the Scottish Premier League, with 164 goals. He then opted against signing a new deal with Rangers, following four-and-a-half years at Ibrox, and accepted a free transfer switch to the Riverside Stadium, clinching a two-year contract.

Strachan had been keen on signing Boyd in the January transfer window but had to show patience. He told Middlesbrough's official website: "I have wanted to sign Kris since last December so this is the culmination of seven months of hard work.

"I always had an inkling that we might get him. We spoke to Kris in January as well, having received permission from Rangers.

"At that stage he decided to stay at Rangers, where he went on to help them to the championship, but it's great to see our patience has paid off."

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