Kyle Lafferty explains dream Rangers switch forced him to leave Burnley on bad terms

Kyle Lafferty

The striker is currently on loan with Championship side Birmingham, who face the Clarets on Saturday.

Ahead of Birmingham's clash with Burnley on Saturday, on-loan Blues forward Kyle Lafferty has explained that the prospect of moving to boyhood club Rangers forced him to leave the Clarets on bad terms earlier in his career, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 28-year-old began his career at Turf Moor and had established himself as a first-team regular at the club before the Scottish side came calling.

And Lafferty suggested that the desire to move to Ibrox left a sour taste regarding his relationship with the side that had given him his chance.

"I started off there at 15-years-of-age. Burnley and Steve Cotterill gave me my break in the football world," he told the Mail.

"I left on worse terms than I probably would have liked because I wanted moved to a team that I supported when I was younger - Rangers.

"To give up that opportunity I think I would have regretted in years to come.

"But Owen Coyle was the manager at the time, he was playing hard ball and I had to come out and do something I maybe shouldn't have done."

Despite the disappointing conclusion to his time with Burnley, he insisted that he was pleased to see them get into the Premier League, and hopes that they can do it again.

"Obviously they have kicked on and I am delighted to see them, being in the Prem since I have left - and now it looks like they are going to have a big say in being there next season," he added.

The Northern Irishman appears to have extended the olive branch to his first club ahead of his new side's meeting with Sean Dyche's men this weekend.

And the Mail reports that it is unlikely that Lafferty will be given the opportunity to once again put himself in his former club's bad books as he is a doubt for the clash having failed to take a full part in training in the build-up to the encounter, so may be unable to do anything to prevent Burnley strengthening their promotion hopes at St Andrew's. 

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