Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty would love Rangers return

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty admits he expects to leave Norwich City this summer. Photo: Jonatha

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty admits he expects to leave Norwich City this summer. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty admits a return to Rangers would appeal this summer.

Lafferty has been touted with an emotional move back to his boyhood club where he scored 31 league goals in 104 appearances during a four-year stint after moving from Burnley as a teenager for £3m.

The 28-year-old failed to impress for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 after scoring seven goals in qualifying to fire his country to their first-ever European Championships but Lafferty's focus is now on club matters after he returns from his honeymoon.

'I'm going on my honeymoon, my phone is going off for two or three weeks,' he said. 'I'm just going to enjoy myself for a while and lie on the beach with my new wife. It's obviously going to be hard watching the rest of the tournament, but I'll see what comes up for me. I'll speak to my agent once every day to see what's happening because I'll probably be looking to move on. I haven't been given a chance at Norwich, so I think my time is finished there.'

Lafferty's new wife, Vanessa, is from East Kilbride but the frontman is wary whether he would be welcomed back by Rangers fans after leaving under a cloud - when he decided against transferring his contract to the 'newco' company - during a period where the former club faced major financial problems.

'If that door was open, I'd love to,' he said, quoted in the Scotsman, on the prospect of returning to the Ibrox club he supported as a boy. 'But I regret what I did with Rangers and I don't think the fans would have me back if they had their say. I'm always going to be a Rangers fans and I'll always look out for their results. But if I thought the fans would have me back, then I'd always have that door open. Hopefully, one day – even if I'm not pulling on a Rangers jersey – that they'll welcome me back as a supporter. I have my fingers crossed for that.

'I regret leaving. I have travelled and I have played for some amazing clubs along the way. In Italy and at Sion, I enjoyed my time. I've been around the world and it's an experience I've enjoyed. But there's no feeling like pulling on a Rangers jersey and playing in front of those fans every week. I think I'm always going to be remembered for being the daft guy who had a chance at Rangers and never took it.

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'That's why if the opportunity came up again I'd jump at it. I've matured and I'm a lot older. I think I'd look at things a different way – so we'll see what happens.'

Lafferty finished the last domestic season on-loan at Championship club Birmingham City after featuring in only 13 minutes of his parent club's Premier League relegation season.