Belfast Telegraph

Rangers star Kyle Lafferty up in court over unpaid fine

By Colin O'Carroll

Football star Kyle Lafferty found himself in the dock on Thursday for failing to pay a £60 fine.

The Northern Ireland international (24), from Co Fermanagh, told the Renfrewshire Justice of the Peace Court in Paisley he forgot to pay a fine for using his mobile while driving because of work pressures and a house move. The Rangers striker, who signed from Burnley in a £3.25m deal, was spotted by Strathclyde Police officers using his phone behind the wheel at the St James interchange.

The offence happened on March 28, a little over a week after he helped Rangers beat Glasgow rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final. Lafferty admitted his guilt when police officers pulled him over and told him he had been spotted using his mobile while driving.

The Ibrox favourite had been given 28 days to pay the fixed penalty of £60, but when he failed to do so he was prosecuted.

The Ulsterman, who is paid £15,000 a week, pleaded guilty to the charge last month when his solicitor wrote to the court in Paisley on his behalf.

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