Former Rangers striker nets hat-trick as stunning start at new club continues
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Former Rangers striker nets hat-trick as stunning start at new club continues

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty netted a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup on Saturday as his stunning start to life at Kilmarnock continues.

Lafferty won multiple major honours during his first spell at Ibrox between 2008 and 2012 but had a much less successful second stint with the club that ended in the summer of 2019.

Lafferty struggled for playing time and goals after returning to Rangers for the 2018/19 season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since then, he’s turned out for Sarpsborg, Sunderland and Reggina, producing occasional strong performances but struggling to deliver consistently in front of goal.

He’s certainly rediscovered his shooting boots since joining Kilmarnock on a short-term deal in February, though.

The divisive former Ger received rave reviews from Killie supporters for his efforts in his opening Premiership appearances for the Ayrshire club, as he netted three goals and notched two assists in four outings prior to the international break.

He wasn’t able to end his multi-year international goal drought despite making three appearances for Northern Ireland during a hectic block of fixtures, but he bounced back in style in a Scottish Cup third round clash at League Two Stenhousemuir on Saturday afternoon.

The former Rangers striker is proving to be an excellent signing for Kilmarnock and netted a hat-trick on Saturday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lafferty opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 38th minute before doubling the visitors’ advantage in first-half injury time and completing his hat-trick from close range in the 56th minute after being teed up by another ex-Gers star, Chris Burke.

George Oakley then netted in the closing stages as Killie triumphed 4-0 to secure progression to the fourth round.

It was just a third career treble for Lafferty, who is proving that he still has plenty to offer despite his 34th birthday only being a few months away.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee was named Man of the Match in an important EFL clash on Saturday.