Lyle Taylor’s shooting boots have been working overtime recently - to the point of bursting.
After seven goals in December, the striker dug deep to buy another pair of boots when the set that fired a Falkirk hat-trick against Dumbarton began to split.
In just six months there’s been a veritable rainbow on the striker’s feet from red and blue, to white and gold, yellow and now lime green for Lewis Small, his boot-boy, to tend to.
“I’ve always worn coloured boots and always worn something a little bit different,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “I’ve had strange colours. I’ve got a new pair of pine green boots. I’ve had bright green, cactus green, red – there’s not many colours I haven’t worn.”
But now the forward has another colour to add to his technicolour boot-room – orange. As top scorer across the Scottish Football League in December Taylor will receive a pair of sponsors Irn-Bru’s ‘Ginger Boots’, to complement the Player of the Month award for the same month.
“Orange has never been for me. I’ve worn pink and yellow, but I think I’ll keep these boots as a trophy on the mantlepiece alongside the two hat-trick balls from last month.
“I’ve given a pair that I scored against Dunfermline in to one of the young Falkirk fans, but I’ll be keeping a few pairs that have a story behind them.
“I’ll keep the ‘Ginger Boots’, the ones I scored against Airdrie in and hopefully build up a little collection.
“It’s not about the boots though. I used to get rid of pairs when I didn’t score in them, but I’ve learned at Falkirk it’s about what I do in the game that counts, and how I apply myself to games.”
One aspect of play the striker is developing though, is far removed from his boots.
“I’ve developed a lot in my link-up play and my heading. I’d not scored a header before Airdrie in who knows how long. It’s a timing thing for me because I have the best leap in the club from a standing start. I have added heading to my game and feel I keep improving here at Falkirk.”