Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed Kyle Lafferty simply ‘didn’t do enough’ to warrant staying at Ibrox.
The Northern Ireland striker has had his contract terminated after just one year, having failed to make his mark on his return to the club.
The 31-year-old made 37 appearances last term, but most of the time he came on in games as a substitute having been firmly behind Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias in the pecking order.
Lafferty is now unattached and his search for a new club is on – but he won’t be returning to Hearts following new comments from Craig Levein (BBC Sport).
Speaking about the reason’s for Lafferty’s early exit from the club, Gerrard didn’t hold back. He said (Scottish Sun): “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.”
Moving Lafferty on is the right decision by Gerrard, and another show of strong management.
The former Burnley man contributed very little during his second stint at Ibrox, and now Gerrard has signed Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie and Sheyi Ojo. Jamie Murphy is also back in the picture.
With Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe as the strikers, Gerrard simply has no need for the forward.
Even if the Colombian is sold this summer, Lafferty’s sale is still the right call.