This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
It was at Glasgow Rangers where Kyle Lafferty arguably had his best spell in the game.
After nine games for the now liquidated Darlington and 10 goals in 86 matches for Burnley in England, the 75-time Northern Ireland international made the move to Ibrox for the fee of £4.05m. In his first spell at the club, he managed 36 goals in 134 games, also laying on 19 assists in the process. That won him three Scottish Premierships, two Scottish League Cups as well as one Scottish Cup.
After his departure from the Gers, he went on a tour around Europe, first joining Sion in Switzerland before making the switch to Palermo. That was followed by spells at Norwich City, Caykur Rizespor and Birmingham City before he returned to Scotland with Hearts. It was from there that the Gers decided he was worth re-signing in 2018 – as per Transfermarkt, he cost them £452,000.
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His spell with the Edinburgh club had been impressive, with him bagging 20 goals in 48 matches, but he never came close to reproducing that kind of form for the 54-time Scottish champions. He managed just 30 matches in all competitions, scoring a paltry six goals and providing one assist.
All in all, he lasted just one season with the Gers before departing for Norwegian side Sarpsborg. He made the switch on a free transfer, meaning that the Glasgow club made a 100% loss in one year. Of course, £452,000 is not a ridiculous amount of money in today’s game, but it should serve as a warning to Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson – past glories mean nothing.
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