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Kyle Lafferty can score plenty of goals for Rangers this season, says Gerrard

Returning hero: Kyle Lafferty runs towards the Rangers fans after bagging the first of his two goals in the 3-3 draw with Motherwell
Returning hero: Kyle Lafferty runs towards the Rangers fans after bagging the first of his two goals in the 3-3 draw with Motherwell

By Andy Newport

Steven Gerrard has tipped Kyle Lafferty to score a 'volume' of goals for Rangers this season.

The Northern Ireland striker got his second spell at Ibrox off to a positive start on Sunday, netting twice in the dramatic 3-3 draw against Motherwell.

"That's exactly why we brought him here," hailed boss Gerrard. "We knew he was capable of scoring important goals and a volume of goals in this league."

The former Liverpool captain was less impressed with the last gasp equaliser his side conceded, but said he would accept the blame himself.

With the Light Blues clinging on to a 3-2 lead - which came courtesy of Lafferty's brace and a strike by Ovie Ejaria - Gerrard decided to bring Lee Wallace on to help defend a 94th-minute corner.

But as the Ibrox men reshuffled, Motherwell took advantage, with skipper Peter Hartley having the last laugh as he bundled home with the last kick of the match.

"They had four or five big units on there then I have a defender sitting behind me who is 6ft 3in," explained Gerrard. "That was the thinking behind it. If I've got it wrong I'll take the blame, no problem."

Rangers found themselves behind for the first time since Gerrard took over after three minutes when Danny Johnson pounced on a slip by Connor Goldson to lob Allan McGregor.

The visitors hit back when Lafferty grabbed his first goal since returning from Hearts and added a second as he cancelled out McHugh's header.

Rangers completed the turnaround when an Ejaria strike spilled through goalkeeper Trevor Carson's hands, only for Hartley to settle things.

"I'm bitterly disappointed with the timing of the equaliser," said Gerrard, who shot down reports linking him with Ryan Gauld and Nathan Dyer.

"It obviously hurts that little bit more that late. I thought we defended very well to their style in open play for the majority of the game.

"But we've got work to do defending set-plays, that's for sure. The first goal was an unlucky one obviously. I've been there myself so I feel for Connor on that one."

There was more than a hint of irony that it was Hartley who grabbed the equaliser for 'Wellafter he was made to retract comments made in the build-up.

The defender said it had been "fun to watch" Cardoso "weeping" after the Portuguese defender suffered a broken nose in a clash with 'Well frontman Ryan Bowman last term.

But boss Stephen Robinson said: "Actions speak louder than words. I prefer he did that rather than say what he did. He has apologised and accepted he made a mistake. That's the way to do it."

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