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Lafferty suspended by Rangers

Rangers have confirmed striker Kyle Lafferty has been suspended for two weeks amid reports of a dispute with manager Ally McCoist.

The club would not expand on the reasons for the punishment but reports claimed he had failed to report for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hearts, which Rangers won 3-0, after being troubled by a hernia problem.

The Northern Ireland international came off the bench in the previous game, a 3-1 win over St Mirren two weeks previously.

Speaking on Friday at the club's pre-match media conference, McCoist said: "Obviously Lafferty hasn't done a lot of training again but we'll have to wheel him out. He is basically just getting by game to game."

However, Lafferty was not among the 18 players who were stripped for the Tynecastle clash.

Rangers later confirmed on their website that Lafferty had been suspended for a "breach of discipline".

The article referred to a "fall-out between the Northern Ireland striker and manager Ally McCoist ahead of Saturday's game at Hearts".

It continued: "Lafferty has been struggling with hamstring and groin problems since the start of 2012 after being plagued by back issues in the second half of last year."

The 24-year-old will miss SPL games against Celtic, Dundee United and Motherwell.

The club added: "Although he could be available for the friendly game at Linfield and the final SPL fixture at St Johnstone, he is lacking fitness and is therefore unlikely to be picked."


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