Kilmarnock boss hopeful Kris Boyd will reject move away

Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston is hopeful he can keep in-form striker Kris Boyd if other clubs make a move to sign him this summer.

The 30-year-old has scored 19 goals this season in his second spell at Rugby Park and has been linked with a return to Rangers.

"I know guys like Kris want to play at the highest level for as long as they can," said manager Johnston.

"But we will try our best to keep him because he is a massive player for us."

Boyd refused to rule out an Ibrox return when speaking to BBC Scotland after Rangers manager Ally McCoist admitted live on television he hoped to sign the striker when he is out of contract in the summer.

I have not heard anything from Rangers. I would imagine they would contact us to tell us if they had been talking to him

Allan Johnston Kilmarnock manager

"I'm sure it won't just be Rangers who is looking at Boydy with the amount of goals he has scored," said Johnston of the striker who recently earned a recall to the Scotland squad.

"But we think he's happy here and will try to keep him for longer.

"I have not heard anything from Rangers. I would imagine they would contact us to tell us if they had been talking to him. But you never know."

Boyd, who admits that moves to Middlesbrough and Turkish outfit Eskisehirspor were not a success after he left Rangers, has said he has feels settled at Kilmarnock.

"I don't know what will happen with Kris," said his manager. "He's enjoying his football here.

"It's all just speculation so there's no point talking to him about that. He is focused on the job ahead, which is getting points for Kilmarnock.

"There's a lot to be said for enjoying your football, though. He's a Kilmarnock boy and I know he has loved his time here, so we can only try our best to convince him to stay."

Johnston admitted that Kilmarnock's failure to finish in the Scottish Premiership's top six and their current scrap to avoid relegation would not help their cause.

"We need to make sure we are challenging up the top end of the table if we want to keep hold of our best players," he added.