Kyle Lafferty has had a bit of a tough time on his return to Ibrox this season. The 31-year-old striker had bagged just four goals before yesterday, with his most recent goal coming against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup in January, and before that his most recent Scottish Premier League goal coming all the way back in late September.
88' GOAL! GOAL! Kyle Lafferty gets involved in the action! A perfect cross from Candeias into the path of Lafferty who slots the ball into the bottom corner. 0-5 pic.twitter.com/HylhFUKZEq
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 24, 2019
There has been no doubting that Alfredo Morelos is Steven Gerrard’s number one choice up front, and the January signing of Jermain Defoe has only pished Lafferty further down the pecking order. However, when the Northern Irishman came on and scored yesterday it would have given him the much-needed confidence boost that he’s been needing for a while.
The Bluenoses will hope he can put together some kind of run of form now and if he can kick on and grab some goals between now and the end of the season then it will be a welcomed bonus that would relieve some of the goalscoring burden that is so often put on Morelos. However, it won’t be easy to string together goalscoring form, and if it is to happen then the big man will need more than cameo appearances from the bench.
You can read the Gers’ reaction to Lafferty’s strike here:
Nice to see him score
— Rangers news (@Rang1872_) February 24, 2019
I think Gary Mac enjoyed that
— Sheree Davison (@ShereeDavison) February 24, 2019
Hopefully start a good run
— JW (@J_W____) February 24, 2019
Really happy for Laff, he wanted it so bad…N.S
— Moony G.B (@GbMoony) 24 February 2019
Cheers. Sons crying with happiness now. Nice one
— Reece (@ReeceLannigan23) February 24, 2019
Big man loves it
— Sarah (@Twenty3Eight) February 24, 2019
He actually played with a smile on his face today. Hopefully this can kick start his career
— Iain Exley (@IainExley) February 24, 2019
A big boost for his confidence. Hopefully many more to come.
— John Devine (@TyrantOfSteel) February 24, 2019
The Bluenoses loved seeing their big man score and will hope there are few more to come from Lafferty this season.