My initial thought when I heard the news that Kyle Lafferty had mutually agreed to end his contract with Anorthosis Famagusta was disappointment.
Like every Northern Ireland fan it would be great to see the big man settled, scoring goals and putting the pressure on Ian Baraclough for a recall to the international set-up.
With every setback comes an opportunity, though, and I fully expect there to be significant interest from Scottish Premiership clubs for his services.
At the tail end of last season, Kyle had a very productive spell with Kilmarnock, weighing in with 13 goals, but ultimately it wasn’t enough in the end to help them retain their top-flight status. He certainly played his part and delivered on his promise that he would get goals.
When I look throughout the Premiership and see Dundee United, St Johnstone, St Mirren, Livingston and Dundee all struggling to score goals, it would be a no-brainer to snap up a man who’s been there and done it. He’s a proven goalscorer at that level, he knows the league and his family home is in Scotland so it ticks all the boxes.
I think it would be remiss of clubs not to have a look at him. It isn’t often you get a goalscorer free and available in January.
Kyle is lively and is as mad as a box of frogs at times but he’s passionate about his football and he challenges his team-mates. He can bring a dressing room to life with his presence and humour and keeps people on their toes.
Even as a short-term signing, he could be the missing link for a club to stay in the Premiership.