Date:Saturday October 4 2008
Kyle Lafferty upset a lot of Clarets fans following his remarks in the Irish press about his desire to move away from Turf Moor. The statements he made about the Club and Owen Coyle alone would not have endeared himself to the Clarets faithful but it was his attempts to blame the fans for the reason why he wanted to leave that did the most damage.
Quite frankly he lost the respect of the Clarets fans and at the time I couldn't see any way back for the lad with a move now the only option.
It came as no surprise therefore when finally after a saga that seemed to go on for months with Rangers, Celtic, Wolves and Ipswich all apparantly interested in the striker, we finally cashed in to the tune of at least £3,000,000 in the Summer and saw the disgraced player finally choose his 'beloved' Rangers.
The deal all got rather messy when Alan Gow, supposedly part of a player-cash deal for Lafferty turned the Clarets down, saying how he really wanted to stay up North and try and establish himself and play for his 'beloved' Rangers! He is now on loan and playing for our local rivals, Blackpool until at least the New Year
Anyway back to Lafferty. Has the move been successful for him and will he be able to make his mark and secure a regular place? What happenes if he doesn't?
It's not been a lucky time for Lafferty. The striker has suffered back and hamstring injuries and even problems with his wisdom teeth whilst at Ibrox (I nearly missed out the word teeth there!)
Lafferty has again been talking to the press (Oh No!!)this time about the start to his Ibrox career
Speaking to 'The Scotsman' he said
'It started well, scoring on my home debut, and after that it has gone downhill with injuries,' he said. 'Hopefully that is the end of the niggles and injuries and I can carry on where I left off.'
One of the grumbles that Lafferty appeared to have whilst at Burnley was that in his last season with the club,he tended to play more as a winger on the left rather that his preferred striker role up front.
So his move to Rangers no doubt was a relief to him as he looked forwerd to banging them in for the Ibrox outfit. Yes? No!!
'The gaffer has been playing me in left midfield so playing in that position might get me in the team. I played there for a season and a half with Burnley, so I'm comfortable out there. It's a team game, as long as we are winning (and] at the top of the SPL, I am happy.'
Comfortable my arse! It looks like Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd have stolen the potential prize role up front from Lafferty as they score for fun making Lafferty's chance of getting to play as a striker even more of a challenge.
I suppose we should feel sorry for Lafferty and the story may have been different had he not been unlucky with injuries.
However he still has a tough battle to win a regular place in the Rangers team and it will be interesting to see if he can make his mark this season north of the border.
Maybe he can kick-start his Ibrox career in Rangers Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at St Mirren on Sunday tomorrow?
The match will be televised so maybe Clarets fans could see how well he is fitting in, assuming of course anybody is still even remotely interested!
Date:Saturday October 4 2008
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