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Former Glasgow Rangers man scores on Coppa Italia debut for Palermo

Kyle Lafferty, formerly of Glasgow Rangers and Burnley, is continuing his European adventure.

Very few players decided to stick around when Rangers went into financial meltdown, and Northern Irishman Kyle Lafferty was one who decided to head for pastures new.

After four seasons in the SPL, the former Burnley man made a move to Swiss club FC Sion.

The 25-year-old striker had a mixed time of it, scoring five league goals in 25 games, and three goals in the Swiss Cup, but injury problems over the last two months meant he was in and out of the side and unable to get a consistent run going.

At Sion he played alongside Italian legend Gennaro Gattuso, who has this summer taken up his first managerial role at recently relegated Italian club Palermo.

Gattuso was instrumental in signing Lafferty for Palermo this summer, a real complement from the 35-year-old who shares Rangers connections with the striker.

Upon signing in July, Lafferty said: "I am a Palermo player now and I can't wait to get started. Palermo is a massive club and should be in Serie A and not Serie B."

And he has got off to a fine start, getting on the scoresheet in Palermo's Coppa Italia win over Cremonese.

Lafferty scored in the 16th minute to put his side 1-0 up, with Palermo running out 2-1 winners.

He did not get a start at Sion until the fifth game of the season last year, so will have been particularly happy to repay Gattuso's faith in him with an early goal.

The striker says his aim is to get Palermo promoted, play in Serie A and earn a move to the Premier League. After taking an ideal first step on that journey, Lafferty's journey will be one to keep an eye on.

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