Rangers Legend Kris Boyd Demands Ibrox Clearout After Celtic Defeat

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd called for a significant squad overhaul at Ibrox following their 2-1 defeat to Celtic that effectively ended their title hopes.

John Lundstram’s own-goal and red card in the first half proved costly for the Gers, as Matt O’Riley’s opener for Celtic couldn’t be fully countered by Cyriel Dessers’ consolation goal. Speaking live on Sky Sports after the match, Boyd predicted this might be the final Old Firm encounter for some Rangers players.

“There’s got to be a clearout,” Boyd declared. “There’s got to be a fresh start.”

Boyd acknowledged the upcoming Scottish Cup final but suggested it might be a farewell performance for certain players. “Listen, I’ll be honest,” he said, “that’ll be the last time you see a lot of these players play against Celtic here in the league.”

With Lundstram and Borna Barisic already confirmed to leave on free transfers, Boyd expects further departures. “I’m sure Philippe Clement will be looking to wheel and deal to try and get his type of players in,” he added.

Lack of pace was a major concern for Boyd. “The way to hurt teams is pace and I don’t really see a lot of pace in that Rangers team,” he pointed out. “So there’s got to be a lot of reinforcements coming in in the summer.”

Clement now faces the challenge of rebuilding the squad in time for next season, with the Scottish Cup final offering a chance to salvage some pride in the short term.