Former Ranger striker Kyle Lafferty has spoken to the Daily Record, having made a surprise return to football.

The 31-year-old’s Ibrox contract was terminated by mutual consent last month after a disappointing season-long second stint with the club. 

Lafferty started promisingly but ultimately failed to produce the goods. His six goals in 30 appearances didn’t cut it and it was time for both parties to move on.

Scoring away at Villarreal was the highlight of a disappointing return. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Ever since, he’s been searching for a new club, while he claimed to have turned down Kilmarnock [Scottish Sun]. As things stand, there doesn’t seem to be anything concrete in the pipeline.

Former Rangers striker Lafferty takes coaching role

It seems he hasn’t rested on his laurels, though, as he’s been coaching Caledonian League side East Kilbride Young Men twice weekly.

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“I’m really enjoying it, I’m sticking in and it’s the path I want to go down in the future,” Lafferty told the Record. “Whatever I do I want to continue to be in the football world, but I’m still a player at the minute.”

“I’m helping out a bit more than normal until I find a new club, so I’m able to help the boys during games.

 

“I’ll do ball work and look at tactics. I’m trying to get into their heads what positions they should be in and stuff like that. I’m really enjoying it and they are a great group of lads.”

Lafferty is an experienced club and international striker, commendably passing on his knowledge. (Photo by Michael Cooper/Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s interesting to see Lafferty, who himself admits he’s not the best trainer [Express], enter the world of football coaching.

Yet, he’s clearly taking his role seriously and this is a good early foundation for when the time comes to retire.

At just 31, though, there should be a good few years left in the big striker, yet.

The question is, where will he spend them?

With just two weeks remaining in the transfer window, he hasn’t got a huge amount of time to resolve his playing future.

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