The three biggest moments of Lafferty’s first spell at Rangers
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Looking back at Kyle Lafferty’s first spell at Ibrox

Kyle Lafferty looks set to join Rangers imminently and fans and ex-players alike are excited about the prospect of his return.

Lafferty was a big game player for the club and contributed massively to Rangers success under Walter Smith, winning six trophies with the club. His 104 appearances for Rangers are the most he’s made for any club.

The boyhood Rangers fan is a huge character and still has a lot to offer, and the 30-year-old will hoping to add to these standout moments in a Rangers shirt.

Securing the title with the winner at Easter Road

No stranger to drama and big performances in big games, this was one of Laff’s biggest achievements.

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Rangers only had to beat Hibs at Easter Road to secure the title – with three matches to spare. The stage was set.

In the 17th minute the Ulsterman arrowed a left-foot shot past Hibs goalie Graeme Smith, and the rest as they say is history.

Kyle Lafferty celebrates his title-winning goal at Easter Road by doing the robot. (Photo by Wattie Cheung/Getty Images)

“That” clash with Charlie Mulgrew

The striker didn’t cover himself in glory here, and he’s paying for it ever since. In 2009, in a game against Aberdeen at Ibrox, Lafferty went head to head with Charlie Mulgrew. Then he went down like a tonne of bricks.

Mulgrew was sent packing. Rangers, who had Bougherra sent off, went on to win 2-1. Lafferty was fined for the incident by Walter Smith.

Oh, and Rangers ended up pipping Celtic to the title on the final day with a 3-0 win v Dundee United. Lafferty scored one of them.

Rangers secured the title on the final day in 2009 with a 3-0 win over Dundee United. Goalscorers were Kyle Lafferty, Pedro Mendes and Kris Boyd. They’re all pictured (just!). (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Two goals in seven minutes and a title winning hattrick

If one player made the difference during a tight 2010-11 season, it was Kyle Lafferty.

Celtic famously stumbled against Inverness Caley, handing Rangers the advantage. And didn’t they take it.

Lafferty scored in three consecutive games in the title run in as Rangers dispatched Motherwell, Hearts and Dundee United respectively. They scored 11 goals in the process.

On the final day, Rangers just had to beat Kilmarnock away to win the league. Lafferty scored two goals either side of a neat Naismith finish to put Rangers 3-0 up after only seven minutes.

The cherry on top was completing the hattrick with the final goal in a 5-1 drubbing to secure Rangers’ third title in a row.

Kyle Lafferty pops in one of his three goals in a thrilling 5-1 victory at Kilmarnock to secure three-in-a-row in 2011. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

 


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