Lee McCulloch has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he believes Kyle Lafferty “will leave” Rangers this summer, stating that it has just not worked out for the Northern Ireland striker.
Lafferty, who turns 32 in September, has only managed six goals in 30 league and cup outings for Rangers this season. He has struggled with the competition from Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.
The 70-time Northern Ireland international has failed to replicate his 2017-18 form, which saw him find the back of the net 19 times in just 41 appearances. Now, he is expected to leave this summer.
Ex-Rangers captain McCulloch believes Lafferty – who scored 36 goals in 134 matches during his first Rangers spell – is likely to leave Ibrox this summer with Rangers expected to bring in new talent this summer.
“It just hasn’t worked out for Kyle Lafferty second time around at Rangers. Now it looks like his time will be cut short and he will leave Ibrox at the end of the season,” McCulloch said.
“I am disappointed at how the campaign has gone for Kyle because he proved last year when he got 19 goals for Hearts that he can still score at this level. Of course, he had shown that with Rangers before.”
McCulloch is bang on. Lafferty simply has not clicked in his second Rangers spell, even though it looked promising when he scored against La Liga heavyweights Villarreal in the Europa League.
Rangers have already been linked with another striker in Croatian goal machine Mirko Maric, while the mere presence of Defoe and Morelos makes Lafferty third choice.
A move to another Scottish Premiership side is likely for the ex-Birmingham City, Norwich City and Palermo star.