Forget Rangers return, Kyle Lafferty must sieze Championship chance at Ipswich Town

Rangers fans protest after the game is called off

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty admitted that he would love to return to Ibrox but Ipswich Town beckons for the former Norwich City striker.

Kyle Lafferty - RangersKyle Lafferty in his Rangers days

Ipswich Town may have a former Rangers double act in attack next season. After bringing Joe Garner from Ibrox after 12 disappointing months north of the border, the Daily Mail reports that they are considering a move for former Gers frontman Kyle Lafferty.

The 29-year-old is a free agent after bringing an end to his Norwich City nightmare with the expiry of his contract. And although Lafferty was far from a regular during his three years at Carrow Road, making only 31 league appearances, moving to local rivals Ipswich would still cause a stir among Norwich supporters.

The report adds that Scottish Premiership duo Hibernian and Hearts are also interested in the Northern Ireland international, who has lost his place in Michael O’Neill’s international squad due to his lack of recent action. However, the Edinburgh rivals cannot compete with Ipswich’s finances.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty poses for photos before they leave for Euro 2016

Therefore, it appears that Lafferty’s hopes of a dream return to Ibrox are likely to go unfulfilled. Five years after jumping ship to Swiss side FC Sion following Rangers’ 2012 liquidation, the 29-year-old told the Daily Record that he would jump at the opportunity of a second chance.

However, with Rangers on the verge of completing a deal for Pumas UNAM’s Mexican international striker Eduardo Herrera, a player manager Pedro Caixinha worked with during his spell at Santos Laguna, it appears the coach is entrusting another with the solving the club’s goalscoring problems.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the matchRangers manager Pedro Caixinha has not heeded Lafferty's pleas

As a result, Lafferty to Rangers appears destined to be little more than a pipe dream. Nonetheless, with Ipswich in need of a goalscorer, Lafferty cannot afford to turn down this excellent opportunity to kick-start his career at the second tier of English football.

After all, it is either that or move to Azerbaijan.

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