Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Lafferty wants big finish from Rangers in SPL race

Kyle Lafferty is determined to have a major role to play in the climax to the Scottish Premier League title race after grabbing the goals that mattered in the previous two campaigns.

The striker was on target with the only goal of the game against Hibernian as Rangers clinched the championship at Easter Road last season.

And the Northern Ireland international also weighed in with a goal as the Scottish champions triumphed with a 3-0 win at Dundee United to secure the SPL crown in 2009.

The latest tussle for the title looks set to go right to the wire and Lafferty hopes he has once again saved his best for last.

He said: “The final seven or eight games of last season were probably my best spell in a Rangers jersey.

“I think it was just a case of everything I hit going in! I didn't do anything different between the start of the season and the end, but everything went in my favour.

“Hopefully that will be the same again this season. I want to go out again and score goals that are important to the team and hopefully help us to clinch the title.”

Next up for Rangers is the visit to Aberdeen tonight, as they bid to keep the pressure on Celtic.

Lafferty said: “It's going to be an exciting eight games with so much still to play for.

“We go in to every game looking to avoid dropping points, but I think that there will be a few more twists in the championship race before the end.

“All we have to do is to go out and try to get as many points as we can and try to put on a performance.”

Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra yesterday escaped with fines of £5,000 and £2,500 respectively and a warning over their future conduct.

Both players were red-carded in the 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park on March 2, but were not handed further bans after facing the SFA's disciplinary committee to answer a case of “misconduct of a significantly serious nature”.

Also at Hampden was assistant manager Ally McCoist, who successfully appealed a two-match ban after being charged with misconduct for clashing with Celtic boss Neil Lennon at the end of the game.

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