Transfer Focus: Rangers must bite on any offer for Kyle Lafferty

Cypriot club Apollon Limassol are keen on making a move for Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty this summer, according to The Scottish Sun.

What’s the story?

The paper say that the European side tried to sign Lafferty last year before he made the switch from Tynecastle to Ibrox and are now confident of finally landing their man, having made initial contact with his representatives.

The Rangers striker’s contract does not expire until the end of next season, but the report states that he is now surplus to requirements at the club.

Whether the club will receive a fee for the player or not remains to be seen, but it’s clear he now has no future in Glasgow.

Why is he on the way out?

Lafferty returned to Rangers off the back of a successful spell at Hearts, where he scored 20 goals in 48 matches, providing a strong, physical threat in the final third that appeared to be perfectly suited to Scottish football.

His signing made sense at the time, but it rapidly became clear throughout 2018/19 that he wouldn’t be able to provide a dynamic enough contribution to fill in for Alfredo Morelos when needed.

He managed to score just five goals in all competitions, eventually usurped by the arriving Jermain Defoe, starting just one match since the turn of the year.

It’s fair to say he’s been a bit of a flop signing and with resources likely to be stretched thin at Ibrox this summer it makes zero sense to have him on the wage bill.

Rangers need to move him on by any means necessary and if Apollon Limassol are interested, the Gers should bite on the first offer.