In an interview with the Daily Record, Kyle Lafferty claims he has turned down the opportunity to join Kilmarnock.
Last month, the 31-year-old striker had his Rangers contract terminated by mutual consent.
That’s after his second stint at Ibrox didn’t go quite to plan. Despite arriving with a bang from Hearts by scoring a brace away at Motherwell, the goals proved extremely hard to come by and overall, he netted just six times in 30 appearances.
Over the final weeks of the 2018/19 season, Lafferty found himself left out of matchday squads and his summer exit became somewhat inevitable.
However, it seems his inability to find a new club so far is not because of a lack of options.
Former Rangers striker Lafferty turns down Killie
“I spoke to the manager and Massimo,” the Northern Ireland international told the Record. “I looked at it because the manager said a lot of positive things about how he wants Kilmarnock to be this season.”
“He seems to know what he’s talking about, but unfortunately we couldn’t agree anything. I think he was looking at different things to what I was.
“There’s still two-and-a-half weeks left until the windows close around Europe, so I’m in no hurry. Staying in Scotland would be my ideal situation, but sometimes things don’t work out.”
It’s interesting that given his stated desire to remain in Scotland, Lafferty has opted to turn down a move to the side who finished third in the Premiership last season.
After losing manager, Steve Clarke, Killie’s prospects don’t look quite so bright this season, but the striker has a young family and given the geographic proximity to Glasgow, there would have been little to no upheaval had he joined the Rugby Park outfit.
Is it because he’s holding out for a return to Hearts? He stated earlier in the window that Tynecastle would be his ideal destination [Daily Record]. Any notion of that move was rubbished by a recent report, though [Edinburgh Evening News].
Perhaps it’s most likely that Lafferty will in fact head overseas. The Ulsterman is no stranger to a stint in Europe, spending time in Italy, Turkey and Switzerland earlier in his career.
It will be interesting to see where he ends up, as he seeks to prove he hasn’t yet lost his prowess in front of goal.