The Sunday Life (Print edition 30/06/2019, back page), reports that several clubs in the Middle East are interested in Kyle Lafferty.
The 31-year-old striker moved from Tynecastle to Ibrox last summer for a reported £500k [Evening Times]. However, the move simply hasn’t worked out.

Lafferty’s return to Rangers did not work out as planned. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)
After netting six times in 30 appearances, Lafferty has reportedly been told to find a new club [
Football Scotland].
Last month, it looked as though a move to Cyprus was on the cards.
The Scottish Sun reported that Apollon Limassol were keen on both the Gers forward and Arnaud Djoum of Hearts.

However, the Cypriot side are said to have grown frustrated at a lack of progress [Scottish Sun].
Now, though, the Sunday Life claims there are multiple interested parties in the Middle East. Although specific club names are not mentioned, it’s thought there are sides in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia ‘weighing up’ a move.
Huge names like Xavi have opted to move to the Middle East in recent years (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Verdict

Club football in the Middle East is famed for hefty wage packets rather than the quality of football.
Usually, a move to the region signals the end of a footballer’s career – the pursuit of one last big contract.
At 31, Lafferty is still some way off the usual profile of European players who head to the Stars League or the Saudi Professional League. Yet, he does look like a player whose powers are diminishing.
Perhaps he would be wise to cash in at this point, rather than staying in Britain. After stints in Italy and Switzerland in the past, he’s shown he’s not afraid to play abroad.
One thing’s near certain, we won’t be seeing him in a Rangers shirt next season.

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