By Harvey Byrne
Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty’s agent Gerry Carlile has shared that the former Rangers striker was open to a move to the club’s fierce rivals Celtic.
The agent has represented several players who have played for the Glasgow giants such as Antony Stokes, Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt.
However, it was the story of Lafferty that may get fans of both sides intrigued with the striker having played for Rangers for four years between 2008 and 2012, while also stating that he didn’t want to play for the Hoops when they showed an interest because his heart wouldn’t be in it.
“Gordon Strachan really wanted me, but my heart wouldn’t have been in it if I’d gone to Celtic,” told Lafferty to the Belfast Telegraph in 2010.
But, Lafferty’s agent tells a different story and after receiving a call from Celtic for the powerful striker Carlile has shared: “He didn’t exactly say no.”
“Got a phone call from Celtic, they asked me if I could help Celtic to sign Kyle Lafferty,” told Carlile talking to BBC Sport Northern Ireland, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“So I get in my car, drove straight to Kesh a few hours away from Belfast, stopped in a café in Kesh and asked where Kyle Lafferty’s family lived.
“And they told me take a right, take a left and there’s the house.
“So I waited for four hours, Kyle Lafferty’s sister came along.
“I said, ‘I’m a football agent. Celtic want to sign your brother, can I come into the house?’
“I get in, there’s Rangers things all over the wall and I thought to myself, ‘This is going to be a disaster’.
“We actually got him on the phone.
“And erm…I don’t want to give too many secrets away but he didn’t exactly say no to Celtic at the time!
“But he ended up signing for Rangers of course, his first love.”
Lafferty is currently set to become a free agent with his contract at current club Norwich expiring at the end of June and he has expressed an interest in returning to Rangers.
However, with just one goal in 12 appearances in the Championship this season he may find that he has to drop down a level.
The Gers will be looking for players this summer that they believe can help them make an impact in Europe with a Europa League campaign coming up next season.
In other Rangers and Celtic news, a Hoops playmaker has taken a thinly-veiled dig at the Gers.