Ex-Rangers striker bags another brace as outstanding form continues
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Ex-Rangers striker bags another brace as outstanding form continues

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty bagged another brace on Saturday as he continues to shine for Kilmarnock.

Lafferty looked a shadow of his former self for most of his second stint at Ibrox during the 2018/19 season and he’s struggled at several other clubs since then including Reggina and Anorthosis Famagusta.

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However, he’s proved to be a goal machine in a Kilmarnock shirt.

The 34-year-old scored an impressive 13 goals in 13 appearances during a stint at Rugby Park last season and after an unsuccessful few months in Cyprus, he’s back at it again in Ayrshire.

After returning to Killie last month, Lafferty scored the winner on his second debut against Inverness Caley Thistle and then bagged a brace last weekend in a 2-1 win over Dunfermline.

On Saturday afternoon, Derek McInnes’ side had a tricky-looking home fixture against Raith Rovers, but the Northern Ireland international’s prowess in front of goal ensured it would end up a comfortable victory.

Ex-Rangers striker Lafferty bags another brace for Killie

The hosts took the lead in just the fifth minute through Stephen McGinn, when midfielder finished from close range after Lafferty had struck the crossbar with a header.

Seven minutes later, Lafferty scored his first of the day, finding the net with a deflected strike following a cutback from Fraser Murray.

In the 63rd minute, the 34-year-old made it a double, finding the bottom corner with a cool finish following another Murray cutback.

He was subbed off almost immediately after the goal, so there was no chance of a hat-trick.

But the ex-Ger now has 18 goals in 19 career appearances for Killie and he could well fire them to promotion.

With leaders Arbroath drawing 0-0 at Queen of the South, the two sides are now level on points, although the Red Litchies have one game in hand.

Meanwhile, Rangers’ opponents Borussia Dortmund have been dealt a major blow ahead of the second leg of the Europa League knockout playoff.