By Wayne Veysey
Kyle Lafferty is keen to quit Rangers after falling out of the first-team picture and is braced for a huge contract offer from Middle East big spenders, Football Insider understands.
The Northern Ireland international, 31, was omitted from the Gers squad for their pre-season training camp in Portugal after falling out of favour under Steven Gerrard.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Lafferty is now looking for a new club and is braced for major contract offers from cash-rich clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The well-travelled forward also has interest from Cypriot clubs but is attracted by the prospect of one massive final pay-day in his career.
The striker has ventured overseas before, playing for Swiss side Sion, Italians Palermo and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey in between his two spells at Rangers.
Lafferty re-joined Rangers on a two-year contract last summer after they agreed a fee of around £450,000 with Hearts.
The 70-times international has scored six goals in 30 matches in his second spell at Rangers but has not started a league match since last December and failed to even make the matchday 18 for the final four games of the campaign.
Football Insider revealed in May that Rangers were ready to offload Lafferty after issues over his attitude and commitment in training.
The Glasgow giants are willing to listen to offers for the tower striker as well as prize asset Alfredo Morelos, whose future holds the key to the club’s transfer business in the remainder of the window.