Some players will move to a new club, full of ambition and hope that the fans will take to them and they’ll hit the ground running. Kyle Lafferty was one of those, and he did just that. His first Scottish Premier League game for Rangers came away at Motherwell in a 3-3 draw, he bagged a brace, yet since then it’s been downhill.
This season has seen Lafferty score five times in the Scottish top flight, and one of those five came in his first two games of the season at Hearts before he sealed his move back to Ibrox. At the time of his signing, the Gers were so excited, yet it just hasn’t happened for Lafferty, as Alfredo Morelos and new January signing Jermain Defoe are consistently ahead of the Northern Ireland striker.
In 2019, Kyle Lafferty has played just one full 90 minute game of football, and even that came over two months ago at the end of January. That game came against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup fourth round. He even scored in that game, and the supporters would have been hoping that maybe Lafferty could get back into the side for the league and add to his goal tally.
His last 90 minutes in the Scottish Premier League was against Hamilton on December 16th, and if the striker wants to keep going in the Scottish top flight then he will have to make a move away from Ibrox. Assuming the Gers keep hold of Alfredo Morelos in the summer, there will be no changes of personnel up front, as Jermain Defoe is on loan until summer 2020, so Lafferty’s departure is surely on the cards.
Hearts fans are all huge fans of Lafferty, and they weren’t best pleased to see the Gers prise him from Tynecastle Park last summer. Now, though, after a season of being exiled by Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, the Hearts fans surely wouldn’t be against a return for the six-foot-four-inch striker, as they all know what he’s capable of when he’s in his best flying form.
Rangers fans will just be wondering what might’ve been with Lafferty. He was much more effective in his first spell at the club, and the fans will be gutted he didn’t hit those heights this time around. Whatever may happen between now and the end of the season, though, Lafferty simply has to leave Ibrox and make a return to Hearts or another Scottish Premier League side where he can be the main man.
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