Lafferty playing for Northern Ireland in 2012
|Full name||Kyle Lafferty|
|Date of birth||16 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Enniskillen, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2006||→ Darlington (loan)||9||(3)|
|2015||→ Çaykur Rizespor (loan)||14||(2)|
|Northern Ireland U17||5||(0)|
|Northern Ireland U19||6||(1)|
|2006||Northern Ireland U21||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:05, 5 June 2015 (UTC).
Lafferty began his professional career with English side Burnley, where he made 89 appearances. He signed for Rangers in 2008 for £3.25 million, and won three Scottish Premier League titles, the Scottish Cup once and the Scottish League Cup twice with the club. In 2012 Lafferty chose not to transfer over to the new company which owns and runs Rangers, moving to Switzerland's FC Sion. He signed for Serie B club Palermo in 2013 and led them to promotion as champions in his only season before joining Norwich.
He made his first international appearance for Northern Ireland in 2006 and has received 42 caps. With 14 goals he is the team's second highest scorer of all time, behind former strike partner David Healy on 36.
In 2004 he signed a youth team apprenticeship with Championship club Burnley. The following season saw him begin to make an impression upon the Burnley first team. He made his debut during a 2–1 away league defeat to Crewe Alexandra on 6 August 2005, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Garreth O'Connor.
In January 2006, Lafferty joined Darlington on loan. He went on to make nine appearances and net three goals for the club, including a scoring debut against Notts County on 7 January. He returned to Burnley in January 2007.
On 16 June 2008, Burnley accepted a bid from Rangers of £3 million plus Alan Gow but talks with Gow over his move to Turf Moor broke down. Lafferty moved to Rangers on 19 June after the transfer offer was readjusted to write Gow out of the deal. He made his Rangers debut as an 89th-minute substitute during a UEFA Champions League qualifier on 5 August 2008 against FBK Kaunas. His first goal came in his second appearance during a Scottish Premier League match against Heart of Midlothian on 16 August 2008.
On 16 May 2009, during the penultimate league match of the 2008–09 season at home to Aberdeen, Lafferty was involved in an altercation with Aberdeen player Charlie Mulgrew. Both players were involved in an off the ball incident which resulted in Lafferty reacting as if he had been headbutted. The referee, Stuart Dougal, sent Mulgrew off for violent conduct; however, television pictures showed that no contact had been made between the two players. Rangers went on to win the match 2–1. Upon reviewing the incident Rangers manager Walter Smith expressed his disappointment at Lafferty's conduct. Two days later it was reported that Rangers had fined Lafferty for his reactions in relation to the incident. The case was also referred to the Scottish Football Association review panel with a view to rescinding Mulgrew's red card, with possible action taken against Lafferty for his simulation. On 7 August 2009 Lafferty was given a two-month suspension for simulation, this was the first time such action was taken by the SFA.
On 25 April 2010, Lafferty scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road, securing the league title for Rangers with three left to play. On 22 August, Lafferty was sent off, along with opponent Kevin McBride, in a match at the same venue. On 25 September 2010, Lafferty scored his first hat-trick for the club in a 7–2 victory over Dunfermline Athletic. Lafferty scored in Rangers 4–0 win over Dundee United in 19 April 2011, before being criticised for missing an opportunity in the final Old Firm game of the 2010–11 season at Ibrox in a 0–0 draw. Lafferty then went on to score in three consecutive games in the title run in against Motherwell, Hearts and Dundee United. Lafferty then scored a hat-trick in the final SPL game of the season as Rangers beat Kilmarnock 5–1 and won their third consecutive SPL championship. On 18 September 2011, Lafferty scored his first Old Firm goal in a 4–2 win against Celtic. On 17 December, Lafferty scored an 83rd minute winner for Rangers against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the game ending 2–1. On 24 April 2012, Ally McCoist announced that Lafferty had been banned for two weeks following a training ground bust up.
In June 2012, Lafferty lodged an objection against his contract being transferred from Rangers to the new company set up by Charles Green. PFA Scotland had previously commented that players were entitled to become free agents if they objected to the transfer.
Lafferty signed a three-year contract with Swiss Super League club FC Sion on 30 June 2012. Lafferty was unable to play in Sion's league match against Grasshoppers on 15 July because the Scottish Football Association refused to provide clearance for the transfer, having received an objection from Rangers owner Charles Green. On 20 July, Lafferty received provisional international clearance from FIFA which allowed him to play while arbitration over his move from Rangers continued.
On 22 July 2012, Lafferty made his debut for Sion, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Servette and scored his first goal 7 days later in a 3–0 win over Luzern. Lafferty played 90 minutes for the club in a 2–0 win over Lausanne-Sport on 11 August 2012 and setting up a goal for Arnaud Bühler.
On 26 June 2013, Lafferty joined Serie B club Palermo on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He said "Palermo tried to sign me in January but unfortunately we couldn't close the deal. Now I can't wait to get started. When I was younger I watched a lot of Italian football and I know there's a very passionate fanbase here at Palermo".
He scored 11 goals in 34 matches to help the club ascend to Serie A as champions in his only season. However, club president Maurizio Zamparini called him an "out-of-control womaniser" and claimed that this lifestyle resulted in him being sold.
On 27 June 2014, Lafferty signed a three-year contract with Norwich City of the Football League Championship with an option for an extra year. The transfer fee was undisclosed and the transfer would be effective from 1 July. He said "Norwich is a team that wants to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first opportunity, so I'm excited to come here and start playing football for a team like this". He was handed the squad number 9.
Lafferty made his debut for the team on 10 August, as they began the season with a 0–1 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, replacing Steven Whittaker for the last 14 minutes of the game. Six days later he made his first start for the team in his first game at Carrow Road, lasting 67 minutes of a 3–0 win over Watford before being replaced by Elliott Bennett. In 20 games—18 of those in the league—he only scored once, in a 3–2 home win against Cardiff City on 17 January 2015.
In early 2006, Lafferty represented Northern Ireland under-19s at the internationally respected youth tournament Milk Cup. He impressed during the tournament, scoring in his first game against Paraguay; however Northern Ireland lost the match 3–1.
Later in 2006, he received his first senior Northern Ireland call-up on a post-season trip to the United States to play friendly games against Romania and Uruguay. Lafferty scored his first Northern Ireland goal in an away friendly against Finland the following year. He featured predominantly as the second striker alongside David Healy during Northern Ireland's Euro 2008 qualification group, and he scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–1 victory over group minnows Liechtenstein. He then secured a 1–1 draw away to Sweden, scoring Northern Ireland's equaliser in the second half.
On 26 March 2008, he bagged his first international brace, scoring two goals in a friendly against Georgia which Northern Ireland won 4–1.
Lafferty scored in all of Northern Ireland's first three matches in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, against Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece, the first time that the nation won its first three matches of any qualification campaign. He added a brace on 29 March 2015 in a 2–1 home win over Finland.
- Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first
- As of 25 March 2015
- Scottish Premier League (3): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Scottish Cup (1): 2009
- Scottish League Cup (2): 2010, 2011
Lafferty married former Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh at St Margaret's RC Church, in Johnstone, Renfrewshire on 2 June 2012. They have one son (born December 2011). The couple separated in April 2014 following allegations that he was discovered sending texts to another woman. Newspaper reports state he is currently engaged to former Miss Scotland hopeful Vanessa Chung.
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