Former Rangers star Kyle Lafferty is reportedly set to rule out a return to the Scottish Premiership with Hearts.

Earlier reports had suggested that former Hearts caretaker boss Austin MacPhee had reached out to the lanky Northern Irishman with a view to a move [Daily Record].

But the Edinburgh Evening News is now claiming that the striker is set to snub a Tynecastle return in order to continue his career on foreign shores.

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Kyle Lafferty initially started well after joining Rangers from Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lafferty was mot recently playing for Norwegian Eliteserien side Sarpsborg 08 and narrowly avoided relegation from the nation’s top division last season.

With the Norwegian league back underway, Lafferty is now a free agent and according to the Edinburgh paper will now be looking further afield for work.

 

At 32, there was a feeling that Lafferty may enjoy one last shot at redemption with Hearts after leaving the Jambos for a second spell at Ibrox.

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Things didn’t go to plan in Glasgow and after a bright start, Lafferty’s form slumped and combined with off-field issues the writing appeared to be on the wall for the striker.

Lafferty’s first spell at Ibrox was considerably more successful than his second, with the Ulsterman winning six trophies at Ibrox. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Moving on to Norway after being released by Rangers in July 2019, the nomadic striker will now be looking for one final stab of things away from the UK.

Lafferty has also played with Burnley, Sion, Palermo and Norwich in a career which also saw him earned 79 caps and score 20 goals for Northern Ireland.

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