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After Rangers release, Kyle Lafferty says he'd 'love' Palermo return

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kyle Lafferty was released by Rangers earlier this summer.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kyle Lafferty remains a free agent after his release from Rangers.

Lafferty chose to rejoin Rangers from Hearts last summer, but could not establish himself as a regular starter.

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Now he is eyeing a move to another of his former clubs.

 

In an interview with Italian fan site IlovePalermoCalcio, Lafferty said he would jump at the chance to rejoin Palermo.

This is despite Palermo being stripped of their Serie B status and demoted to Serie D earlier this summer for financial irregularities [via Football Italia]

Lafferty said: "I would love to come back to Palermo, I remained tied to those colours, I carry them in my heart and I would still want to represent them."

Kyle Lafferty of Palermo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie B match between Trapani Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Provinciale on April 12, 2014 in...

The Northern Ireland international scored 11 goals for Palermo in 2013/14, but was then sold to Norwich City, with the club having concerns over his off-pitch lifestyle.

He said: "In the summer of 2014 I went away against my will because in Palermo I was fine and it was Zamparini and Iachini who sent me away. Being called a womaniser is not the best, but I will thank Zamparini anyway for introducing me to Sicily."

It's unclear if this current Palermo would be able to afford Lafferty's wages, but in principle he seems open to the idea.

He said earlier this month via The Scotsman that he would also jump at the chance to return to Hearts.

Perhaps though, after his Rangers return flopped, Lafferty's best move might be choosing a completely new adventure and starting afresh.

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Villareal, Spain.

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