By Harvey Byrne
Kyle Lafferty would jump at the chance of a move back to Rangers but fears the Ibrox fans would not want him.
Lafferty returned from the European Championships with his Northern Ireland team-mates following their elimination after a 1-0 defeat against Wales on Sunday.
The Northern Ireland team were given outstanding support during and after the tournament but the 28-year-old, who has a year left on his current contract with Norwich and is expected to leave this summer, would not expect to be received the same way if he was to return to Rangers.
“If that door was open, I’d love to,” he said to the Scotsman. “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 fan 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.”
The former Burnley player left Rangers when he refused to play in the third tier of Scottish football and transfer to new company which enabled him to become a free agent and leave the club on a free.
Lafferty has since had spells at Sion and Palermo before moving to current club Norwich.
Despite the Carrow Road side’s relegation to the Championship, the Northern Ireland international still believes that game time will be hard to come by after spending the second half of the recently completed season on loan at Birmingham.
Lafferty made 137 appearances during his four years at Ibrox, scoring 38 goals for the club.