As Kyle Lafferty returns, there’s one man who won’t be happy to see the striker back at Ibrox.

Brendan Rodgers.

The Celtic manager’s team have found the big Northern Irishman a thorn in their side since he came back to Scottish football.

His four goals against the side last season were coupled with hard-working, hassling performances. Lafferty was a constant thorn in their side and seemed to up his game against our biggest rivals.

Kyle Lafferty loves scoring against Celtic and terrifies their defence.  (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Psychological crutch for Celtic

He’s becoming something of a psychological crutch for the Parkhead team and don’t bet against him carrying it forward for Rangers. He’s scored four in four against them.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Lafferty spent four years at Ibrox and forged a reputation for scoring in big games. Not only that, but also for coming good towards the end of the season. He scored in the title winning game, or the title winning goal, at the final stage of every title won during Walter Smith’s three-in-a-row.

After leaving the club Lafferty played in Switzerland, Italy, England Turkey before returning to Scotland. He comes back a more experienced, world-weary player and Rangers may just have pulled off a massive coup in signing the 30-year-old.

Kyle Lafferty played for Palermo in Serie B during the 2013-24 season. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

“No-risk signing”

Gerrard described it as a “no-risk signing”. Don’t think for a second the manager didn’t factor in his ability to step it up against our rivals.

If Rangers really are to challenge, his ability to lift it in these games could be huge.

Lafferty left in 2012 and spoke today about how that broke his heart.

He says it’s now about redeeming things at Ibrox.

Giving Brendan Rodgers a few more sleepless nights will go a long way to doing just that.

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