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'You'd need to ask Kyle': Rangers boss Gerrard passes blame over Lafferty exit

Kyle Lafferty.
Kyle Lafferty.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says that Kyle Lafferty 'had the opportunities' to make a success of his second spell at Ibrox.

The Northern Ireland striker's contract, which had a year left to run, has been cancelled by mutual consent.

Gerrard, who had made it clear over the summer that Lafferty had no place in his plans, has now indicated his belief that Lafferty didn't do enough after moving from Hearts last summer.

"You’d need to ask Kyle why it hasn’t panned out for him," said Gerrard. "We had high hopes for him because, when he signed, he was in a really good place.

“He’s a big, physical presence up front. But, for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked out.

"We believe he had the opportunities. Kyle is a good player, but showing it in glimpses for Rangers isn’t enough. That’s the brutal truth.

“He’s a good character to have around but if I had kept hold of him from a selfish point of view then he would have struggled for game-time.

"He’s still young enough and he still has the drive and hunger to be a success at whatever he decides to do.”

Lafferty scored only four Scottish Premiership goals last season, making six league starts and 15 substitute appearances.

The 31-year-old has also been out-of-form for Northern Ireland, having failed to score for his country since November 2016.

He will hope his next club move can spark a return to the type of form that saw him score seven goals in qualification for Euro 2016.

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