Hodson: I want 29-year-old striker to sign for Rangers, available on a free
By Will Butcher
Lee Hodson has revealed that he would love to see Kyle Lafferty complete a return to Rangers after being released by Norwich City.
Norwich revealed that seven of their squad would be leaving the club at the end of June, with Lafferty joining John Ruddy, Youssout Mulumbu and Steven Whittaker in being released.
Speaking to the Scotsman, Northern Ireland international Hodson wants his fellow compatriot to join him at Ibrox with the 29-year-old available on a free transfer.
“Kyle is a great lad. He’s been performing very well for Northern Ireland, both leading up to the Euros and at the championships,” Hodson said.
“He’s a goalscorer. He’s been here before and the fans know him very well. It would be nice to see him here but that’s down to the manager.
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“I think Kyle’s out of contract now so it’s down to him as well.”
Lafferty left Rangers back in the summer of 2012, joining Swiss outfit Sion after the club were forced to start again in the fourth tier of Scottish football due to their financial collapse.
Since then, the 59-time international has travelled the world with spells in Turkey and Italy before returning to the British Isles with Norwich, leaving Serie A side Palermo behind.
However, Lafferty has fallen down the pecking order in east Anglia, making only 16 league and cup appearances for the Canaries and is now set to look for a new club.
Spending four years at Ibrox between 2008 and 2012, Lafferty played 134 times and scored 36 goals for the Gers as well as laying on 19 assists in Scotland’s top flight.
Now, he could be in line to rejoin Pedro Caixinha’s side, as the Portuguese boss looks to strengthen his side in order to reduce the gap between themselves and Old Firm rivals Celtic.
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