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Walking out those doors broke by heart: Kyle Lafferty ready to 'redeem' himself at Rangers

New Rangers signing Kyle Lafferty has said he is ready to "redeem" himself at the club he left six years ago.

Speaking to Rangers TV, the Northern Ireland striker said he did not expect to have an opportunity to return to the Glasgow club.

Lafferty left Rangers in the lead up to the 2012-13 season, when the club was relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football for financial problems.

"Walking out those doors six years ago broke my heart but to be given a second chance to redeem myself I jumped at the chance. I am happy to be home," he said.

"Of course I always wanted to come back and put things right and show the fans what I am all about.

“Did I think I would get another chance though? Not really. I went to Hearts last season and had a good season and now I have been given a second chance, which I am lucky to have."

Lafferty could be set to make his return for the club when they plan Russian side Ufa at home in Thursday's Europa League play-off first leg.

During his first four-year spell at Rangers Lafferty bagged 38 goals in 138 appearances.

His signing was welcomed by manager Steven Gerrard.

"He knows what this club's about. There's no risk in terms of him performing in front of the demand of this crowd and this club and the expectation," explained Gerrard.

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