Controversial ex-Ranger set for Euro move to newly-promoted club - report
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Ex-Rangers star set for Serie B move as Italy return beckons - report

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty looks set to join Italian Serie B side Reggina as the lanky forward sets his sights on a return to Italy.

The 6ft4 forward is a free agent after his deal with Sunderland expired in the summer, with the Scottish Sun claiming the 32-year-old will sign a two-year contract with the Italians.

Reggina are newly promoted from Serie C and this would represent a big opportunity for Lafferty who most recently played abroad with Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08.

Ulsterman Kyle Lafferty had a successful year in Italy with Palermo. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)


It would mark a return to the European nation six years after turning out for Palermo in Serie B, where he spent a season in 2013/14.

Playing alongside the likes of Paulo Dybala and Andrea Belotti, Lafferty hit 11 goals in 34 matches to earn Palermo promotion and himself the Fans’ Player of the Season Award.

Despite signing a three-year deal with the Italian club, Lafferty was shipped out at the end of that season after club president Maurizio Zamparini called him an “out-of-control womaniser”.

The journeyman striker would then go on to play for Norwich, Rizespor, Birmingham City and Hearts before returning to Rangers in 2018.

Things didn’t go to plan for the striker after coming back to Ibrox and he was eventually released at the end of the 2018/19 season.

The big striker explained on an interview with Si Ferry’s Open Goal that he “over-thought” things during his second spell at Rangers and never fully grabbed the opportunity for one reason or another.

Lafferty is best remembered for his contribution during his first spell at Ibrox, where the striker helped inspire Walter Smith’s side to three Scottish Premiership titles on the bounce.

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