Rangers are set to offload Kyle Lafferty this summer after behind-the-scenes concerns at their Auchenhowie training base, Football Insider understands.
Steven Gerrard has been unimpressed by the giant striker’s attitude and commitment and will tell him in crunch talks next month he can find a new club less than a year after he joined for the second time.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that Lafferty, 31, fell out of the first-team picture in the final months of the campaign because he had not done enough in training to warrant selection.
Gerrard is eager to build his squad for next season around a clutch of outstanding senior pros who the club’s youngsters can aspire to match in terms of professionalism and preparation.
That was partly why veteran Steven Davis was given a new contract but his fellow 30-something Northern Ireland international has not won the manager over.
Lafferty joined Rangers on a two-year contract last summer after they agreed a fee of around £450,000 with Hearts.
He has been linked with a transfer to Cypriot club Apollon Limassol but that is unlikely as he prepares to pursue a transfer closer to home.
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 December and failed to even make the matchday 18 for the final four games of the campaign.
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