Jackie McNamara says that Kyle Lafferty will be wanting to leave Rangers this summer but that his wages could scupper a move away from Ibrox.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that he is expecting plenty of movement from the Glasgow giants over the coming weeks in terms of outgoings and that the Northern Ireland striker, who stands just short of 6ft 4in tall, will be one keen to move on.
Steven Gerrard has confirmed that he is looking to get a number of players off the books before the transfer window shuts, after Football Insider exclusively revealed that Mark Allen is working on offloading five first-team names this summer.
McNamara says that Lafferty’s focus will be on getting a move which allows him to play regular football but that the giant’s current contract is going to make it difficult for Allen and Gerrard to move him on.
Asked about Lafferty’s future by Football Insider, McNamara said: “I think he’ll want to play. He’s been used to playing over the last number of years and I think he’ll do that but it would only happen if he goes somewhere else.
“(It will have to be somewhere) that will match what he’s on. That’s the difficulty they have. There’s still a lot of activity, you’d imagine, to happen in the next few weeks. In England especially, not a lot’s happened compared to what it usually does.”
Lafferty, 31, made 30 appearances for the Light Blues in what is his second spell at Ibrox, scoring just seven goals as he fell behind Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos.
He has a total of 164 games and 42 goals under his belt for the Glasgow giants, as well as 70 caps for Northern Ireland.