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Gareth McAuley: Kyle Lafferty's next club move is crucial

Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty celebrate at the final whistle after defeating Ukraine during Euro 2016 at the Stade de Lyon, France.
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty celebrate at the final whistle after defeating Ukraine during Euro 2016 at the Stade de Lyon, France.
Gareth McAuley

By Gareth McAuley

The excuses need to stop and he now needs to be accountable and responsible for his own actions.

My former Northern Ireland and Rangers team-mate Kyle Lafferty, at 32, is at the biggest crossroads of his career, in terms of his club and international career, and he needs to make sure his next move is the right one.

Kyle is in Norway with Sarpsborg 08 at the wrong end of the Eliteserien table and having played just a handful of games and scoring just one goal, their season will soon be coming to an end.

Then he really needs to find a club where he can be playing regularly, scoring goals and preferably in the UK.

And he could do worse than look at his former Ibrox team-mate Graham Dorrans. Graham struggled with injury and like Kyle was basically told he was no longer in Rangers' plans, so he opted for Dundee, just to play regular football.

Kyle got it badly wrong in leaving Hearts and joining Rangers for a second time.

He was the main striker at Hearts, was scoring goals, was getting plenty of game time, was performing well and he was adored by the fans.

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He made a mistake, I can only hope he rectifies that with his next club.

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