The form of summer signing Kyle Lafferty has been somewhat of an anti-climax up until this point.

Here was the return of a former Ibrox icon. A slayer of Celtic. Someone who’d come up big for the club when needed. And whilst he hasn’t hit those 7ft heady heights so far – don’t write him off just yet.

It’s traditionally not until the final furlong where Laff proves himself in Royal Blue. And should we still be in with a shout, the lanky striker might prove vital too.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND – MAY 15: Kyle Lafferty of Rangers celebrates after winning the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Rugby Park on May 15, 2011 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Lafferty notoriously comes to life when the pressure is on and scored in title winning final days three times in his Rangers career. He opened the scoring in a 3-0 rout of Dundee United in 2009. He got a double on a final day 3-3 draw with Motherwell a year later.

And Laff famously nabbed a hattrick at Rugby Park as Rangers demolished Killie 5-1 to secure the title in 2011.

 

Lafferty scored in five of Rangers final six games that season. He was a vital part of Walter Smith’s latter season plans during the Manager’s second spell at Ibrox.

More recently, the big striker was challenged by current boss Steven Gerrard to buck up his ideas in comments made to The Daily Record.

COWDENBEATH, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 30: Kyle Lafferty of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team’s third goal during the rearranged Scottish Cup match between Cowdenbeath and Rangers at Central Park on January 30, 2019 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not long after he provided a deft finish to put the game beyond Cowdenbeath in the last round of the cup. But the Northern Irishman has only made 23 appearances for Rangers this year, sixteen of those from the bench. He’s also only managed five goals.

There’s a good player in there, but he’s yet to really find his rhythm at Ibrox since returning. It’d be classic Kyle Lafferty to finally find it as we enter the business end of the campaign.

He’s probably counting down the days until March, April and May.

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