Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

I’ll not quit Northern Ireland: Lafferty

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has claimed that he would never emulate his Rangers team-mate Lee McCulloch by turning his back on international football.

McCulloch revealed this week that he would never play for Scotland again, citing footballing and family reasons for his decision.

But while Lafferty has respected his decision, he said it is not one he feels he will make in the future.

When asked if he still had the hunger to play for Nigel Worthington’s side, he replied: "Definitely. I can’t wait to walk out in a Northern Ireland shirt. Most fans over there are Rangers fans, so I definitely still have an appetite. Scotland got a good result, as did Northern Ireland against the Czech Republic, and so confidence is high. I think we had chances in the game and it was a good point.

"Our problem is away from home but we fancy our chances against anybody at home. Nigel Worthington has spoken to me and told me to work hard and see how it goes. But if I’m fit and playing for Rangers then hopefully I will be in the squad."

Lafferty, who had to pull out of the Northern Ireland squad with a back injury, believes "Scotland’s loss" will be Rangers gain with regards to McCulloch’s decision to withdraw from the international set-up. He said: "We need him so it is definitely a plus for Rangers that’s he’s retired."

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