Lafferty's lack of Northern Ireland game time a blow for Rangers
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Lafferty's lack of Northern Ireland game time a blow for Rangers

Rangers’ Kyle Lafferty had a dream return to the club during the early part of the season.

After a brace against Motherwell, he earned a vital early Europa League point with the equaliser at Villarreal.

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However, the goals have dried up after a turbulent October. A row over availability with the Northern Irish FA saw him sidelined against Hamilton in the SPL, while he was cup-tied for the League Cup semi-final.

Those set backs have seen him lose momentum.

Previously, an international break would be the perfect opportunity for Lafferty to regain form. Even when out of favour at Norwich, he remained the focal point of Northern Ireland’s attack.

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But it has been over a year since his last international goal and he has subsequently lost his place. In the matches against the Republic of Ireland and Austria – Michael O’Neill gave him less than 20 minutes to impress.

Not so much as a half chance fell his way in either instance and he did little to stake a claim for Liam Boyce’s starting shirt.

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It is a blow for Rangers, who would have hoped the charismatic front man would return to Glasgow buoyed by successful outings.

A fully firing Lafferty is a undoubtedly major asset. Yet, for now, his early season form remains elusive.

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