Following on from the appraisal of Eros Grezda, we address Kyle Lafferty.

The big target man returned to Ibrox for a second spell back in August.

His transfer cost the Gers £500k from Hearts, and it looked a steal based on his first start.

Lafferty struck a winner against Celtic shortly before leaving Hearts. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He scored twice away at Motherwell, before a late equaliser from the hosts spoilt his party.

Toward the end of September, he netted twice in two games. The first was massive, as he finished off a slick move to grab a point for the Gers in Villarreal.

When he followed that up with another at home to St Johnstone, he looked well settled.

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The 31-year-old wheels off to celebrate after a crucial Europa League goal. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, since then, very little has gone right for the Ulsterman.

He hasn’t scored in his last 15 matches for club or country. A serious barren spell.

Laffety’s failure to find the net certainly hasn’t been for the want of trying. He has put himself about well, but it’s one of those prolonged spells most strikers go through, where nothing seems to fall their way.

 

At home to Hamilton, he somehow contrived to hit the post with a header from point blank range, and against St Johnstone, he was denied on multiple occasions by Zander Clark’s excellent saves.

Yet, that goal scoring touch has eluded him since September. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Looking ahead though, excuses will only wash for so long. The best players always find a way through tough spells.

With Jermain Defoe’s arrival, Lafferty is going to find opportunities even harder to come by.

Therefore, he needs to make each chance count during the run in.

If he continues to fail in that area, he may find himself surplus to requirements in the summer.

Everyone appreciates hard work, but he is there to score goals and at the minute, that isn’t happening.

Grade: B –