Ex-Rangers star officially returns to SPFL citing 'unfinished business'
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Ex-Rangers star officially returns to SPFL citing 'unfinished business'

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has officially rejoined SPFL Championship club Kilmarnock, citing ‘unfinished business’ at Rugby Park.

Lafferty is best known for his exploits for Rangers and Northern Ireland.

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He helped the Gers to six major trophies during his first stint between 2008 and 2012 and his goals fired Northern Ireland to Euro 2016.

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He’s largely struggled for form since falling out of favour during his second spell at Ibrox in 2019, bouncing from club to club and failing to recapture his golden touch at international level.

The only real exception to this form slump came at Kilmarnock during the second half of last season, when the 34-year-old scored a remarkable 13 goals in 13 appearances.

However, his goals weren’t enough to keep the Ayrshire club up, and he left in controversial circumstances at the end of the season, eventually joining Anorthosis Famagusta.

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Lafferty didn’t last long in Cyprus, though, and now he’s returned to Scotland for a second stint at Killie, signing a deal until the end of the season.

‘Unfinished business’ for ex-Rangers star at Killie

“It’s a great feeling to be back at Kilmarnock, I feel I have unfinished business here,” he said [Kilmarnockfc.co.uk]. “The last time I played here we were relegated, which was a low point in my career so to get the opportunity to fix that and get Killie promoted back to the Premiership is something I’m excited about.”

“I’m a huge admirer of Derek [McInnes] and his work at Aberdeen and getting the chance to work with him is really exciting.

“Where he wants to take the club and how he saw me fitting in ticked all the boxes for me.”

Recently appointed Killie boss McInnes then admitted that he had tried to sign Lafferty on several occasions in the past, possibly at both Bristol City and Aberdeen.

“I’m delighted to get Kyle on board and I think he’ll give us personality, presence and experience,” he added [Kilmarnockfc.co.uk].

Lafferty raised expectations amongst the Killie support with his outstanding returns last season and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not he’s as successful in front of goal this time around.

Killie are currently third in the Championship, four points behind leaders Arbroath with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, a former Ibrox favourite starred once again for an overseas club as they continue to punch above their weight.

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