Kris Boyd looks set to end the uncertainty over his future by joining Gordon Strachans Middlesbrough as they push for English Premier League promotion.
Boyd fancied a leap straight in at the English deep end but a healthy £25,000-a-week was on offer to the SPL's record goalscorer. and he is expected to travel to Teesside within the next 24 hours to complete the formalities.
Boyd opted to stay much closer to Scotland after turning dow a move to Turkey but has taken a step down from his initial target of finding a top-flight club in England instead
the 26-year-old has opted to join up with a growing ex-SPL and Scottish international colony at the Riverside.
Boyd had rejected terms of £18,000-a-week to remain at Ibrox, citing a preference for a fresh challenge away from Scottish football.
Strachan has recruited fellow SPL goal machine Scott McDonald, Chris Killen and Barry Robson from Boyd's Old Firm rivals Celtic in January and is hoping to add Scotland central defender Stephen McManus on a permanent deal following last season's loan spell.
Now Boyd will be heading for a pre-season in the Republic of Ireland and Germany before becoming the central figure as Strachan's Middlesbrough bid for a return to the Premier League.