Returning for a second stint at Ibrox, hopes were high that he would replicate strong form shown at Tynecastle throughout the 2017-18 season.
He started promisingly, too, with a first-half brace against Motherwell in his first league start.
He then came up with a big goal away at Villarreal in September, before following that up with a strike against St Johnstone the following weekend.
However, thereafter, the Northern Ireland international found it a real struggle.
A 14 game goalless streak followed, stretching until late January. The drought was to be broken in a rare start against lowly Cowdenbeath in the cup, but the arrival of Jermain Defoe had already signalled a falling of his stock.
As the third choice forward under a manager who prefers to play with one up top, Lafferty’s opportunities diminished during the second half of the season.
He didn’t start an SPL fixture after Christmas and often failed to even make the bench.
While opportunities with Northern Ireland catapulted Steven Davis back into form, it didn’t do the trick for Lafferty.
He started two Euro 2020 Qualifiers in March but looked badly out of rhythm. Consequently, two late cameos against his former side Hearts were the only pieces of action he saw at club level across the final two months of the season.
Overall then, a disappointing return to Rangers for the 31-year-old. At times he was short of luck in front of goal and while he always puts himself about when called upon, there’s a sense that Stevie G needs to find better quality for the upcoming challenge for silverware.
While he was mainly used as a substitute, six goals in 30 appearances doesn’t really cut it.
End of Season Grade: C
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