Kyle Lafferty has to step up for Rangers

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers heads at goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kyle Lafferty has not been great for Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers so far this season.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers takes a look around the pitch prior to the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in Glasgow,...Kyle Lafferty of Rangers

Rangers have signed Jermain Defoe on loan from Bournemouth in the January transfer window, and manager Steven Gerrard has also taken Ryan Hardie to Tenerife.

Alfredo Morelos is the first-choice striker at Rangers at the moment, and there is no disputing the fact that the Colombian international will lead the line for the Gers for now.

 

Given his experience and quality, Defoe is going to push and challenge Morelos, and if Hardie stays at Ibrox for the second half of the season instead of going on loan to Livingston, then it is going to be hard for Kyle Lafferty to get much playing time this season.

The 31-year-old forward - who joined Rangers from Heart of Midlothian in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by The Glasgow Evening Times to be worth £500,000 - has scored just four goals and provided one assist in 17 Scottish Premiership appearances for the Gers so far this season, according to Transfermarkt.com.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers is seen in the tunnel prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lafferty has been struggling to challenge Morelos, and with Defoe now signing, the Northern Ireland international has his work cut out.

There is no doubt that the former Burnley forward has quality, but it is time for the 31-year-old to step up and show Rangers manager Steven Gerrard what he is capable of.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers talks with the referee Steven McLean during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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