Kyle Lafferty’s game-time at Ibrox this season hasn’t been as frequent as he wanted it to be.
The Northern Irishman has made just 14 appearances for the Gers this season. In addition to that, only five of them have come from the starting line-up. This has led Lafferty to notching just four goals since arriving from Hearts back in August.
Meanwhile, he has had to watch his strike-partner Alfredo Morelos close in on goalscoring records as the number one striker. It’s certainly been a frustrating time for the new-man, with not a lot to shout about during his second stint in Glasgow so far.
Speaking to Rangers TV today, Lafferty seemed to show signs of frustration as his current Rangers situation.
“I want to play as many games as possible.
“I haven’t really played as much football as I wanted but when you have a striker that plays in my position, who is scoring goals and doing well for the team, it’s difficult to get in unless the manager decides to play two up front.
“But I knew I wouldn’t be coming here to play every single game and as long as the team is winning and I’m getting an odd minute here and there then I’m happy.”
Does he understand his role?
As it stands, Lafferty is Rangers’ number two striker. Never say never, but it doesn’t look like that will ever change so long as Morelos is at the club. Added to the fact that the two up top hasn’t worked, Lafferty’s chances remain minimal.
The lanky front-man saved himself a tad with how he described Morelos and his situation. He seems to understand the fact that the Colombian forward simply can’t be dropped for any big games.
The longer this goes on, however, the more frustrated Lafferty is certain to be. He isn’t happy with his game-time, and neither he should be considering his role when he was brought in.
Lafferty is at the club to push Morelos and help him with his goal burden. He’s done the former, but he hasn’t done anything to contribute to the latter. Instead, it’s been down to the rest of the attacking midfielders who’ve been chipping in with goals.
Steven Gerrard is likely to shrug off the frustration from Lafferty. He’ll play when he’s needed is likely to be the manager’s view. It does seem, however, that the big man isn’t playing the part he thought he may have upon arriving.