Rangers will be preparing to get their first away win in the Scottish Premiership this season when they meet Hamilton Academical at the weekend.
However, it appears that Steven Gerrard could be without one of his main attacking options for Sunday’s trip.
It is understood that the IFA have decided to invoke a FIFA rule that allows them to ban a player from turning out for his club for five days following the international break.
Lafferty allegedly pulled out with an Achilles injury, however, Northern Ireland do not appear to be buying that reason.
Northern Ireland’s reported decision to take this extremely rare and unexpected approach against Lafferty will only further strain their relationship, as well as potentially their one with Rangers.
Should the ban come into force, it will mean the Light Blues will have just Alfredo Morelos as their only viable attacking option, as Umar Sadiq continues to look well out of the first-team picture.
Lafferty’s presence against Hamilton would have been welcomed as the Ibrox outfit could have looked at using the aerial route as a potential threat, but without him, they will may need to rely on the Colombian to fire them to their first three away points of the season – something that is not necessarily a bad thing.
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