Rangers shouldn't sign 'nutter' Kyle Lafferty, says ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has warned Rangers boss Steven Gerrard not to throw a 'timebomb' into his dressing room by signing Kyle Lafferty.
The Gers are understood to have had an initial £200,000 offer turned down for the striker and are still keen on bringing the 30-year-old back to Ibrox.
Following talks with his own club Hearts yesterday, Lafferty is hoping to forge a route to Glasgow but it may take some time with Rangers in no hurry to rush through a deal. Hearts are looking for at least £750,000 for the forward, who is in the last year of his contract at Tynecastle.
Now Gers boss Gerrard has been urged to re-think his pursuit of a player that left the club back in 2012.
“I think (signing Lafferty) would be pretty underwhelming. I don't think he’s as good as Alfredo Morelos. I know Morelos is criticised for his finishing, but he’s still a handful," said BT Sport pundit Sutton.
“Lafferty is a bit of a nutter at times and although he may turn out to be a good influence, why would you throw a bit of a timebomb into the dressing room at this stage when everything is going smoothly?
“Lafferty is the type of player who has to play regularly and he has a better chance of doing that at Hearts than Rangers. It won’t click into place for Steven Gerrard overnight, we’ll be better able to judge him at Christmas."
While he's unsure whether Lafferty would be a wise recruit for Gerrard, Sutton does think the Gers' initial offer is well below the fee required to convince Hearts to sell.
He added: “If Rangers did bid £200,000 that is not enough. Why would Hearts let a player go for that paltry sum? If Rangers do want him then they will have to splash the cash.”
Lafferty knows all too well the extra scrutiny faced by a player at one of the Old Firm clubs but is determined to make amends for opting to exit the Gers after financial meltdown left the club demoted to League Two.
He scored 19 goals in 36 games for Hearts last season, including three against Celtic.
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