Craig Levein shares agreement with new Rangers signing Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers is seen during the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Play Off match between Rangers and FC Ufa at Ibrox Stadium on August 23, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers have brought Kyle Lafferty to Ibrox this summer.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers is seen during the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Play Off match between Rangers and FC Ufa at Ibrox Stadium on August 23, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.Kyle Lafferty at Rangers

Heart of Midlothian manager Craig Levein has suggested to Capital City Press that Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers signing Kyle Lafferty was inevitable.

Rangers have signed Lafferty from Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by The Glasgow Evening Times to be worth £500,000.

The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international forward was on the books of Rangers from from 2008 until 2012.

Hearts manager Levein has said that selling Lafferty after a year was always the club’s plan, with the Scottish Premiership side have signed the former Burnley forward in the summer of 2017.

Levein told Capital City Press: “The dialogue a year ago was clear. The agreement was he would get his career back on track through that first year and then we would do our best to move him on and, in effect, help his financial situation as well.

“We were there to help him and Kyle was here to help us score goals – I think it has been a good situation for everyone.

“We were prepared for this scenario. Kyle is a popular figure with our supporters and myself, but the situation has resolved itself in the way we all envisaged when we first sat down last summer.”

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Craig Levein speaks to Chris McLaughlin of the BBC before the game

Good signing for Rangers

Lafferty did well for Hearts last season, and the forward is a good signing for Rangers, who are aiming to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season.

While the former Norwich forward is not very prolific, he does score big goals in big matches, as he did for Hearts in their recent win against Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers is seen during the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Play Off match between Rangers and FC Ufa at Ibrox Stadium on August 23, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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