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Lafferty wants to take it to the max

Nigel Worthington is targeting a magnificent seven but Kyle Lafferty has set himself higher targets.

While Worthington believes seven points from three matches could catapult Northern Ireland to the World Cup finals in South Africa, Lafferty isn’t willing to take that chance.

The Rangers goal-getter wants maximum points from three matches, beginning with a win in Poland tomorrow, followed by victories over Slovakia on Wednesday and in the Czech Republic on October 14.

It may appear to be an unlikely scenario but it is a measure of the confidence and self-belief in the Northern Ireland camp that Lafferty has set the bar so high.

“If we want to qualify for the World Cup we have to go for the maximum points rather than just the seven,” he said.

“We have three tough games but with the right attitude and good performances we can get to South Africa.

“The players are determined to do well and there is no reason to fear anyone. The self-belief is there and we definitely have the squad. We have the players who can score goals but when we are under pressure we also have a defence that can stand firm.”

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