Speaking to the Daily Record, Norther Irish international Lafferty has expressed his desire to return to Ibrox and play for Rangers again.
“Some Rangers fans have asked me if I’d go back there and I’d jump at the chance,” he said. “But whether that’s an option or not is another thing.”
Lafferty’s career ended following the Gers’ liquidation and subsequent relegation to the Scottish League Two, when he utilised his option to leave the club under freedom of contract.
As did many of his then then teammates, who helped Rangers to three consecutive SPL titles, Lafferty left the club in a poor situation, and has never been fully forgiven by the majority of the Ibrox crowds.
However, if Lafferty is keen on playing for Rangers again, the club should be looking to do all they can to sign him as they look for a way out of the Scottish Championship.
Currently with English Championship side Norwich City, Lafferty has struggled this season, and a few months after his summer transfer, he was loaned out to Turkey. His Norwich future is up in the air, and if he cannot be guaranteed playing time next season, the 27-year-old could be looking for a way out of Carrow Road.
Regardless of what division they are in, Rangers should take up the option to sign Lafferty, and forgive him for leaving the club on negative terms.
If they remain in the Championship this season, the forward will provide a great attacking threat to the club in a division which he is far too good for. He would arguably be the best player in the division, and would surely guarantee the Gers' promotion to the top flight.
However, if they are promoted this season, signing Lafferty would signal a statement of intent to the rest of the division that the Light Blues intend to take their Premiership status seriously and fight for the title. In his first spell at Ibrox he helped the club to three consecutive SPL titles, and has shown that he has the quality for that division.
Getting over Lafferty's exit from the club in unceremonial circumstances may be too hard for many Rangers fans to get over. However, Lafferty is keen on an Ibrox return, and the club would be wise to take him up on such an offer, with his talent and experience of Scottish football incredible assets to their playing squad.