In comments reported by The Scottish Sun, Kyle Lafferty has suggested that hearing about Rangers' interest has made him step up his game in recent times, but he insisted that he has no desire to push for a move to Ibrox.
The Scottish Sun reports that the Gers have already seen a £200,000 offer rejected for the Northern Ireland international, and Steven Gerrard is now considering whether to make a fresh bid for the Hearts ace.
The 30-year-old would have certainly caught Gerrard's eye against Celtic on Saturday as he scored the game's only goal to leave Hearts top of the Scottish Premiership. And after the game, Lafferty discussed talk of a potential Rangers move, and while he hinted that it is difficult not to be intrigued by the situation, he insisted that he will not down tools to force something through.
“If the clubs agree something, they agree something. If not then I continue working hard. It’s not going to change my attitude," he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun. “Hearing teams like Rangers are interested in you, you intend to give that little bit extra to show that obviously you can play and score goals. I will keep on concentrating on myself, doing well for the team and being involved in as many good results as possible.
“If I put the tools down, it is probably the worst thing I could do by disrespecting them. If I move on, I want to be 110 per cent fit for going into games for whoever I move to."
It is interesting that Lafferty makes the comment regarding not being fully fit for his new club if he downs tools. While that is clearly just the striker looking at the other side of the situation in case he does leave, it is perhaps not an argument that gets made often and perhaps suggests that he is as unsure about his future as many of the supporters will be.
It does make sense for Rangers to go back in with another offer. Gerrard does not have a lot of depth up front right now, and letting the window close without getting a new striker in could be a mistake from the Gers.
Lafferty may not be a marquee target, but he has proven since moving to Tynecastle that he is still capable of scoring goals at the highest level in Scotland. And his goal against Celtic on Saturday suggested that he is ready to pick up from where he left off last year.