Thomson warns Rangers about what they can expect from Lafferty in clash v Hearts
By Danny Wright
Kevin Thompson has warned Rangers that Kyle Lafferty will travel to Ibrox on Saturday with a point to prove after his Ibrox spell turned sour in 2012.
The Northern Ireland international signed for Hearts earlier this summer and is likely to be playing for the Edinburgh club when they travel down the M8 this weekend.
Thomson, 32, played alongside Lafferty, 29, during his stint with Rangers and is expecting the striker to be eager to find the net against his former employers on Saturday to put more pressure on manager Pedro Caixinha.
“Kyle has fond memories of being at Rangers as they were his club. He won’t go to Ibrox with a heavy heart because he is a professional and will want to do his best for Hearts. He will go there and stick his chest out. He deserves to be playing on that platform again,” said Thomson, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Lafferty suffered many disciplinary issues in his time with the Gers and was suspended by former boss Ally McCoist for a training ground bust-up in 2012.
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With Thomson expecting Lafferty to try and put himself in the spotlight this weekend, the former Scotland international has suggested what his old team-mate would do if he did manage to find a way past the Rangers defence.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him net against Rangers,” Thomson added.
“And it would be interesting to see how Kyle would react or celebrate if it were to happen. He is a professional and he will have fond memories of his time at Ibrox but he will be going there trying to get a positive result for Hearts.”
Caixinha is finding himself under increased pressure after last weekend’s 3-2 loss to newly-promoted Hibernian and his side’s humiliating early exit from the Europa League.
There are also being questions asked of the Portuguese manager’s transfer policy after Michael O’Halloran, Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner have all started to find the net regularly after been shown the exit door at Rangers.