Kyle Lafferty hits out at former Sky Sports presenter after Twitter spat
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has hit back at a former Sky Sports presenter in a fierce Twitter spat.
David Tanner fronted the company's Scottish football coverage for 18 years before being replaced by Hayley McQueen this season.
On Sunday, he became embroiled in a row over whether or not Rangers should re-sign Stephen Naismith, who has reportedly offered to play for the Ibrox club for nothing until the end of the season.
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Then things took a turn as Tanner compared Naismith to fellow former Rangers attacker Lafferty. Both players left Ibrox in June 2012, when they opted not to have their contracts transferred from Rangers to a new company set up by Charles Green as the Gers were forced to play the following season in League Two.
Naismith, however, gave a subsequent interview, calling Rangers a 'new club'. Some fans have since taken exception to his words. Tanner, however, questioned attitudes that would not welcome the Scot back to the club.
"Lafferty is lauded and he was causing bother even before Green got his claws in the club," he tweeted. "Stop. Go back. Re-examine Naismith."
The Northern Ireland forward, however, took exception and replied on Sunday lunch time:
"talk some s**t you do David," Lafferty replied. "Jog on mate"
On Monday morning, Lafferty reacted to media coverage of the spat, saying:
"Can’t believe my tweet has got his name in the paper. He’ll be loving it since nae one knows who the f*** he is. #famew***e"
Lafferty was suspended for two-weeks following a fall-out with then Rangers manager Ally McCoist in April 2012. After leaving the club, Lafferty said the pair were friends again and that he would love to play under McCoist again in the future.
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