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Why Lafferty return is a 'no-brainer' for Rangers, explains Ibrox favourite


By Gavin McCafferty

Former Rangers favourite Barry Ferguson believes Kyle Lafferty's return to the club is a "no-brainer".

Ferguson is a big admirer of the Northern Ireland striker and he believes the Fermanagh man can light up Ibrox again.

Rangers have not yet made an improved approach for the striker after Hearts rejected a £200,000 offer last week.

Lafferty hit the post after coming off the bench during Hearts' 5-0 Betfred Cup win over Inverness yesterday, a match which also saw former Glenavon hero Bobby Burns come on to make his Tynecastle debut.

"I have to say that during my time with him I thought he was a real talent and crucially a player for the big occasion," Ferguson commented about Lafferty.

"He showed that by scoring goals on the day Rangers won each of their three titles in a row under Walter Smith, including a hat-trick at Rugby Park the last time they were champions.

"And my former team-mate proved it again with Hearts last season after an impressive 19-goal return that included three against Celtic - one more than the total Rangers managed in five Old Firm games.

"That is why it's a no-brainer for Rangers to get him back if they can get a deal agreed with Hearts after reports that an initial bid was rejected.

"With one year left on his Hearts deal then he can sign a pre-contract in a matter of months so they have a decision to make. They could lose him for nothing or take a half decent offer just now.

"Not many people get a chance to go back to a magnificent club like Rangers. I was lucky enough to do it and Allan McGregor has just done it.

"And if Kyle has the opportunity to move to Ibrox with what's going on just now with Steven Gerrard then he needs to take it," Ferguson told the Daily Record.

Meanwhile, player-boss Kenny Miller says Livingston will do everything in their power to stop Celtic playing in their opening-day Ladbrokes Premiership clash.

The newly-promoted Lions travel to Celtic Park on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers' men unfurl the flag after a historic double treble was secured last season.

Former Rangers striker Miller said: "I've faced Celtic an awful lot over the past few years so we know them inside out.

"It's not what they are going to do, it's whether you can put something in place to stop them.

"They are an excellent team - it is as simple as that. I watched them against [Rosenborg] and they beat a very good team quite easily to be honest, so we will have to go there and be right on our job."

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