News – UK – Kyle Lafferty shows family motivation to return Premiership


The new Killie striker is dying to help his team climb the table after becoming a survival expert over the past few years

Kyle Lafferty believes he made a name for himself as a survival specialist when he vowed to score the goals that will get Kilmarnock out of trouble

The Northern Irish striker has signed a short-term deal with the relegation-threatened Rugby Park team and faces an Ibrox christening if he is allowed to play against former Club Rangers

Record Sport exclusively announced yesterday that new Killie boss Tommy Wright would sign his 33-year-old compatriot, and the deal was agreed later

Lafferty was last in Italy with Reggina but was keen to move to the UK to be close to his family after his sister Sonia died late last year

The front man had a spell in Norway where he helped fire Sarpsborg from falling risk – and wants to do the same for Killie, who is traveling to Govan after a six game loss

Lafferty said, “I get a name for how I get in and save teams”I went to Norway to save the team and was given one or two other opportunities to save the teams from relegation

“I can’t understand why this group of players is where they are, but hopefully if I score a few goals and let the team play well it can take us to the top”

“When the gaffer called me to connect with him it was a breeze for me. I know him from working with Northern Ireland and I know the kind of football he plays and also how good he is Manager is

“Italy was good I enjoyed it when I was there with Palermo before and it started out well for me. But I lost my sister two months ago and that has changed since then

“It was different, I wanted to be close to my family here and my family in Ireland too

“It was difficult to go back to Italy, not see her and just be in Facetime So I wanted to come back and get close to my family again”

Lafferty was part of the last team to win the Light Blues title in his first game at Ibrox a decade ago and insists there is no doubt they will be crowned champion before Steven Gerrard takes him for A second stint brought back to Rangers from the heart

Ahead of his possible return, he said, “I have great memories there, it will be nice to see some of the players I’ve been in a locker room with, but all friendships go out the window when you’re on the field.” / p>

“Everyone knows Rangers were exceptional and will win the league this season. Anyone who says they don’t have something wrong with you and you are really fooling yourself

“But I’ll do everything I can to get three points for Kilmarnock when the international clearance comes from Italy

“You will become a master If we go there and give them a game and get points from them it would be fantastic. And for me, if I could go there and perform well, maybe I could score a goal or two ”

Boss Wright – who can make the trip without the suspended Alan Power – was delighted with his husband after complaining that he had no cutting edge in his 1-0 defeat by Mothrewell

He said, “It wasn’t a long conversation, I just told him to get his back down here and that I will help him and he will help me in the remaining games

“We didn’t get enough points The Motherwell game was a prime example Paul Stephenson told me that if we had Lafferty he would have scored a hat trick

“It’s not often that when you close the window you get the chance to sign someone of Kyle’s quality

“You minimize the risk knowing someone knows the league So it should be easier for him to get into the league than for someone who has not played in the league before”

“I worked with him for a short while helping Michael O’Neill in Northern Ireland, and he had this real purple spot where we got the euro on. He’s a seasoned international”

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News – UK – Kyle Lafferty shows family motivation for the return of the Premiership