Portland Timbers sign Scottish striker Kris Boyd as Designated Player

The Portland Timbers have acquired a third Designated Player, signing Kris Boyd, the Scottish Premier League's all-time leading scorer.
The Portland Timbers have signed Scottish forward Kris Boyd, the club announced Monday. Boyd will be added to the Timbers' roster upon receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.

"I’ve said from the beginning, that we are committed to winning and will the make a significant investment on the player front if it is the right fit for the organization," said Timbers Owner and President Merritt Paulson. “Kris perfectly fits the profile of the team’s needs and will make a huge impact."

Boyd is the Scottish Premier League's all-time leading scoring, having bagged 164 goals in 10 years with Kilmarnock and Rangers. He has won the league's scoring title four times. Boyd also split a season in the English Championship with Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, netting six goals for each team. He most recently featured for Eskiserhispor in the Turkish top flight, but made just two appearances and terminated his contract after claiming he hadn't been paid.

He has appeared 18 times for Scotland since 2006, scoring seven goals in the process.

"Kris is a proven goal-scorer at the highest levels of the game, and we expect that to continue here in Portland," said John Spencer, head coach of the Timbers. "We’ve been looking for this type of traditional number nine player and are very pleased we found him."

Along with his goalscoring exploits, Boyd earned plenty of silverware with Rangers, collecting two Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups, and three Scottish League Cups. He has also featured in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and helped Rangers to the final of the latter competition in 2008.

"I’m delighted to be in Portland and hopefully I’ll be over as soon as the visa matches up to be in time to be ready for the season," said Boyd.

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