CAMMY Bell today urged the cash-strapped Ibrox board to loosen the purse strings and mount a summer raid to bring Kris Boyd back to Rangers.
Bell made his plea as Gers boss Ally McCoist prepares for the first of a series of crunch budget summits with Ibrox chief executive Graham Wallace this afternoon.
Boyd is out of contract at Kilmarnock at the end of the season. And Bell would love to see his 30-year-old ex-Kilmarnock team-mate join him at Rangers.
He said: "It would be great to sign Boydy. His goalscoring record speaks for itself, no matter what level he's been at or whatever country he's been in. Since he's been back at Kilmarnock, he's been fantastic and I hope his goals there can keep the club up this season.
"I worked with him last season. When he came back to Rugby Park, he was hungry again and you could see he really wanted push on.
"He'd gone on his travels and not played as much as he'd have liked. But he's a great goalscorer. His record is phenomenal and it would be great to have him here.
"Whether or not it happens or not, we'll have to wait and see.
"But he's a better all-round player now. I've watched him a few times this season and you can see he's worked hard. His fitness levels are right up again.
"You'd think he'd score a lot of goals in the Championship. You'd never question his goalscoring ability because he's done it wherever he's been.
"I'm sure the strikers who are here will score goals next season, but Boydie would add to that threat up front."
Transfer targets are certain to figure high in McCoist's talks with Wallace. And the manager, whose side take on Ayr United at Ibrox tonight, admitted Boyd has performed well for Kilmarnock this season.
He said: "He's a player that's caught everybody's eye again this season, scoring the amount of goals he has for Kilmarnock and getting voted into the top four in the player of the year awards.
"But there is no point me worrying about something I can't have an effect on.
"I just have to wait until I get the thumbs up or down and when that happens we can start to get to work on it.
"I'll see Graham before the game and then I'll probably sit down with him on Wednesday and Thursday as well. I haven't seen the 120-day review."