Date: 24th March 2007 at 10:50am
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Scott Severin is a first hand witness on the devastating impact Kris Boyd can have on a match.

Severin was on the field last Saturday as he watched the often criticised striker bury the Dons with his “perfect” hat trick as he notched goals with both feet and bag the opener with a header so he`s well placed to back the big Irvine born striker to do the same today for Scotland if given the chance.

Boyd has 4 goals in 5 matches for the national team as well as 19 league to his name as he predictably sits top of the SPL scoring charts despite a poor season by his club. If Scott Severin doubted Boyd before last Saturday, he`s a major believer now.

‘Kris had hardly scored against Aberdeen since joining Rangers from Kilmarnock.

‘But then he scored three against us in the space of half an hour and proved that all he needs to punish you is half a chance. He’ll put the ball in the net for Scotland if he’s given the chance.

‘People say he’s lazy but how can you argue with the job he’s doing for Rangers at the moment. Aberdeen thought they could mark him out of the game and he popped up with a hat-trick.

‘He might not have been in the game apart from scoring his goals but I noticed that he was working a lot harder than usual.’

After all his accolades to Boyd, it`s not even guaranteed that either will play but both should be the obvious choice for a starting jersey. Severin will most likely get the nod in the absence of Darren Fletcher where as Boyd is the only Scotsman capable of finding the net at the minute.

Severin said of his Scotland chance: ‘Darren’s a good player but I think I’ve got my own qualities. I can play the holding role and let the other boys move forward.

‘But all I can do is work my socks off in training and hope the manager notices me.’