Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty's Sarpsborg struggles continue
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Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty's Sarpsborg struggles continue

In late July, Kyle Lafferty’s Rangers contract was terminated by mutual consent [Rangers.co.uk].

The club clearly had no reason to believe they would receive a transfer fee for the Northern Ireland international, after a disappointing second spell at Ibrox, where he scored six goals in 30 appearances across 2018/19.

After a promising start, Lafferty’s return to Rangers ended up as a disappointment. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

He spent around a month as a free agent, looking for the best possible move in an attempt to revive his club career and to keep him in contention for international selection.

Then, to the surprise of pretty much everyone, he signed for little-known Eliteserien club Sarpsborg 08 FF.

Lafferty penned a deal until the end of the Norwegian top-flight season and was tasked with scoring goals to help his new side move clear of the relegation zone.

It must be said that results have improved since Lafferty’s arrival. Sarpsborg have moved from rock bottom to 13th, one place and one point above the relegation play-off spot.

Former Rangers striker struggling after Sarpsborg move

Yet, individually, Lafferty hasn’t had the big impact he may have envisioned.

The Northern Ireland forward has been short of goals for some time. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The 6ft 4″ target man has scored just once in seven appearances, with his solitary strike securing a point at home to Brann last month [Soccerbase].

Outside of that, it’s been a struggle.

He’s notched a pair of assists but has only completed a full 90 minutes once, while his disciplinary record has been poor. Lafferty was sent off on debut and has picked up a yellow card in three of his six outings since.

At the weekend, he was subbed off after an hour in a 4-0 hammering away at Kristiansund.

With just two games left in the campaign, it looks like Sarpsborg’s scrap for survival is going down to the wire.

However, even if they do manage to stay up, the Ulsterman has done little to suggest either that he should have been retained by Rangers, or that he’s ready for a high profile move in the January window.

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