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Warren Feeney ready to offer Kyle Lafferty Bulgarian lifeline at OFK Pirin

Lafferty has been on a short-term deal with Norwegian outfit Sarpsborg 08 (Steven Paston/PA)
Lafferty has been on a short-term deal with Norwegian outfit Sarpsborg 08 (Steven Paston/PA)

By Paul Ferguson

Warren Feeney is prepared to offer his former Northern Ireland team-mate Kyle Lafferty a football lifeline and a chance to resurrect his career - at OFK Pirin in Bulgaria.

Striker Lafferty, since being released by Rangers at the end of last season, has been on a short-term deal with Norwegian outfit Sarpsborg 08.

It is understood the Norwegian club are keen to keep Lafferty, capped 73 times by his country, and are content with the 32-year-old's overall contribution to the club. But Sarpsborg simply can't match his excessive wage demands.

"Bringing Kyle in is certainly something we are looking at," says Feeney.

Lafferty, who has found the net only once in eight games for Sarpsborg and has scored for Northern Ireland since November 2016, is unable to sign for a new club until January.

However, the Bulgarian League stops for winter break after this weekend and doesn't return until February 14. Therefore, OFK Pirin may suddenly become an option for Lafferty.

Feeney admits: "He's out of contract soon and will therefore be searching for a new club. We could offer him regular first- team football.

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"If he wants to keep his Northern Ireland career going then he needs to be playing and scoring goals on a regular basis again. He has scored one goal in Norway recently, while he wasn't getting a look in at Rangers.

"I'm confident I could get the best out of Kyle, give him a chance to return to form and it really could be a good opportunity for him. But his wages need to be realistic if he is to come here."

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