Kyle Lafferty played 70 minutes as Northern Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bosnia & Heresgovenia in their opening UEFA Nation’s League tie.
The lanky striker led the line well as Northern Ireland started brightly.
They found themselves very unlucky to be down at half time and should’ve had a penalty in the second minute.
It was to be a sign of things to come as Lafferty limped off in the 70th minute.
Things just didn’t go right for Norn Iron and Lafferty
From the moment Northern Ireland were denied a penalty in the opening stages, it looked like it was going to be one of those days. They still played very well.
The tiny country has regularly punched above it’s weight. Facing the likes of Pjanic and Dzeko this was no different.
They produced wave after wave of attack and were very unlucky to go behind to Duljevic’s opener in the first half.
Lafferty led the line well in the early stages his link up play was generally very good. He also missed chances.
For all Northern Ireland’s domination, the Pjanic and Dzeko led Bosnia were always threatening but the two goals came from sloppy defending.
Rangers and Northern Ireland hold breath on Lafferty’s fitness
Kyle Lafferty is the Ulster side’s key man at times and has made the solitary striking berth his own. Any long-term injury would be a major blow to both them and Rangers.
The striker is a key part of Gerrard’s plans and supporters will be holding their breath. It looked a painful one.
With a huge tie coming up against Villarreal and Alfredo Morelos also suspended, Rangers would rely on the untested Umar Sadiq.
Lafferty was eventually subbed around 70 minutes for Will Grigg who pulled one back in the 90th minute. It was too little too late for the Ulstermen.