Steven Gerrard is ready to dump Rangers star Kyle Lafferty after his return to the club turned sour, Football Insider understands.
The Light Blues manager has been unimpressed by the Northern Ireland international’s attitude and commitment behind the scenes and is preparing to given the green light for his exit less than a year after he joined.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that Lafferty was one of the players who Gerrard was referring to when he spoke of the complacency he had detected from some in the first-team squad.
The striker, 31, was hauled off at half-time with an experienced Rangers side 4-0 down in a bounce match against Liverpool Under-23s last Tuesday in a clash they came back to draw 4-4.
Lafferty was then a notable absentee from the matchday 18 for Sunday’s 2-0 SPL win over Aberdeen despite being fit for selection and Alfredo Morelos still missing due to suspension.
“There are a few people in and around my squad who think the season’s done and they’ve come off the gas,” Gerrard said, after the win over Aberdeen. “It’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen, or if those people want to do that they won’t be anywhere near the team I want to take forward.”
Lafferty joined Rangers on a two-year contract last summer after they agreed a fee of around £450,000 with Hearts.
Signed as a targetman alternative to Morelos, and, later, January loan signing Jermain Defoe, the 70-times international has scored six goals in 30 matches but has not started a league match since December.