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Rangers should have re-signed Kyle Lafferty last summer

Former Ibrox hero Kyle Lafferty was clearly open to a Glasgow return with Rangers.

Mathew Nash

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Last Spring saw Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty start discussing his next career move. His time at Norwich City was up and a free transfer loomed. One option that continued to be raised was the possibility to return to Rangers.

The striker had spent four years at the club, scoring 38 goals in 138 games for a club he somewhat supported as a boy.

But, amid the financial turmoil of 2012, he was one of the Rangers players to leave – joining Swiss side FC Sion.

But he maintained a love for Rangers and, last April, told the Daily Record:

“The longer you stay at a club like Rangers the better you adapt and although it didn’t end the way I would have liked, I still have a lot of great memories and I would like to go back and play for Rangers again one day.”

It was a rumour that then rumbled on throughout the summer. This was, indirectly at least, a come-and-get-me plea. But for whatever reason Lafferty was not targeted by Rangers. Perhaps manager Pedro Caixinha did not want him or it could have been a decision from elsewhere in the club. However, Rangers did not attempt to lure Lafferty back to Ibrox.

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So instead of Glasgow, the forward headed to Edinburgh. Judging by his form this season, Rangers will wish they had tried a reunion.

Lafferty had a great season at Tynecastle. He scored 19 goals in 41 appearances for the club including one against Old Firm foes Celtic in a 4-0 thrashing.

Rangers fans loved that moment but realising they could have easily signed a striker who outscored both Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass will be a bitter pill to swallow.

Rangers never missed out on this Ibrox transfer, they simply never made the move. It was a mistake not to do so – whoever was at fault.

Lafferty would have added goals, swagger and joy to a fairly disjointed Rangers side. As it is, Hearts get to enjoy him for at least one more season.   

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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  1. Paul Scott

    June 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Wouldn’t like to see the guy back at ibrox af all. Also I don’t see him as the type of player that’ll fit into SGs plans. We need loyalty and commitment, 2 of the qualities that where thrown back into every gers fans faces way back when. I’m hopeful this is new era for rangers and one we talk about for all the right reasons, bringing in the likes of him only brings back memory’s of times most gers fans would rather forget. We move on not back ????

  2. Neil Maclean

    June 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Huge mistake… but it’s no’ too late.

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Rangers fans react to news Andy Halliday and Jason Holt will be leaving

Steven Gerrard has informed Rangers pair they can leave Glasgow as he continues Ibrox revamp.

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It appears Rangers are ready to let two of their more experienced players go this summer, according to reports in Scotland this week. The Scottish Sun is reporting that new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has informed both Andy Halliday and Jason Holt that they can leave the club this summer.

Both players were signed by former Gers boss Mark Warburton. Halliday, a lifelong Rangers fan, joined the club on a free transfer from Bradford in 2015 and helped the side win promotion to the Premiership in his first season at the club.

His career at Ibrox has not been uneventful, with a now infamous bust-up with Joey Barton and a loan spell in Azerbaijan with Gabala after falling foul of Pedro Caixinha.

Holt arrived from Hearts following a successful loan spell with Sheffield United in the same summer. He also played a crucial role in the club’s promotion back to the top-flight.

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However, what has become clear in recent months, is that the duo are not good enough for Rangers if they want to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic.

The pair are limited in terms of their ability and, simply put, they are not good enough to take Rangers back to the top of Scottish football.

With that in mind, Gerrard would rather clear them off the Ibrox wage-bill and bring in some fresh faces to Glasgow.

One thing that cannot be doubted however is the pair’s commitment. Both always gave their all for the badge and, for that, Rangers fans will always show their appreciation. No doubt the Ibrox faithful will wish them all the best in their next move…

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Rangers round-up: Goldson done, Dodoo leaves and Skrtel back on?

the latest news and gossip from Ibrox as Rangers bring a new player to Glasgow.

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Goldson done

Rangers have completed the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson. The Ibrox side have signed the 25-year-old to strengthen their defensive resolve and he joins on a four-year deal.

He played just eight games last season after recovering from preventative heart surgery in February 2017.

The centre-back joins for a fee reported by the Shropshire Star to be in the region of £3 million, with Shrewsbury Town set to receive a six-figure fee as part of the deal.

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Dodoo gone

Joe Dodoo will not be a part of Rangers’ plans next season, as he leaves on loan. The 22-year-old joined Rangers back in 2016 after impressing with his former club Leicester City.

The speedy attacker scored five goals in just 27 games as he struggled to make an impact in Glasgow.

He will now spend next season on loan at Blackpool in League One, with the club hoping to push for promotion.

Skrtel back on?

It seems as though Martin Skrtel could still end up at Rangers this summer. The former Liverpool player was targeted by his ex-teammate and new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard earlier this summer.

No deal ever came about, but it is now being reported that he could be involved in a move to Ibrox, if Alfredo Morelos heads the other way.

Yeni Akit claims that the Istanbul club wants the Colombian striker this summer. The report suggests that Skrtel would be used as a makeweight in any deal for the Rangers striker this summer.

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Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of impending Rangers newbie Ovie Ejaria

Rangers are set to bring Ovie Ejaria to Glasgow to work under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

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It looks as though Rangers are about to use Steven Gerrard’s connections at former club Liverpool for the first time. Ovie Ejaria looks all set to join the Glasgow club on loan this week. The 20-year-old will head to Ibrox in a bid to further improve his development under the guidance of a Liverpool legend.

Rangers fans should be pretty excited. A quick look at his loan spell with Sunderland last year and fans will scoff. He only won one of the games he featured in for the Black Cats. But he was, in fact, one of their better players in the second half of the campaign.

Chris Coleman was a huge fan, as is Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool manager handed Ejaria his debut in September 2016, bringing him on for Roberto Firmino on the EFL Cup win over Derby County.

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It came after the midfielder had impressed Klopp at Melwood and at a training camp in Tenerife. The German was impressed by his bullish nature, telling the Liverpool Echo:

“We saw Ovie in a game here at Melwood one afternoon.

“We thought he was seriously injured as he couldn’t walk but then the next day it was nothing – like it is with kids sometimes.

“Then we had the training camp in Tenerife last season and Ovie made a big impression, I thought: ‘Oh my God, he could be ready.”

That sort of impressive performance is exactly what Rangers will want to see from Ejaria. A strong midfield dynamo, fans at Ibrox will no doubt be impressed by his bravery in midfield.

Not just in terms of his ability to get stuck into a tackle, but the incoming Rangers newbie is also happy to take risks in the middle of the park in order to retain possession.

No doubt, when Ejaria gets a chance in the Old Firm derby, he will give Scott Brown a game to remember. Rangers may be bringing in a 20-year-old, but as Klopp has previously alluded to he is mature beyond his years. Ibrox could be about to welcome a new hero to the mix.

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