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On 16 June 2008, Burnley accepted a bid from [[Rangers F.C.|Rangers]] of £3m 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.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/7451140.stm "Lafferty completes Rangers move"] BBC Sport. 19 June 2008.</ref> He made his Rangers debut as an 89th minute substitute during a [[UEFA Champions League]] qualifier on 5 August 2008 against [[FBK Kaunas]].<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7541840.stm "FBK Kaunas 2-1 Rangers"] BBC Sport. 5 August 2008.</ref> His first goal came in his second appearance during a [[Scottish Premier League|SPL]] match against [[Hearts F.C.|Hearts]] on 16 August 2008.<ref>{{cite web | date = 16 August 2008| title = Rangers 2-0 Hearts | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/7561735.stm | publisher = BBC Sport}}</ref>
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On 16 June 2008, Burnley accepted a bid from [[Rangers F.C.|Rangers]] of £3m plus [[Alan Gow]] but talks with Gow over his move to [[Turf Moor]] broke down.Alan Gow realised just how much of a Nob Lafferty was, and refused to have any involvement with such a Tool. Lafferty moved to Rangers on 19 June after the transfer offer was readjusted to write Gow out of the deal.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/7451140.stm "Lafferty completes Rangers move"] BBC Sport. 19 June 2008.</ref> He made his Rangers debut as an 89th minute substitute during a [[UEFA Champions League]] qualifier on 5 August 2008 against [[FBK Kaunas]].<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7541840.stm "FBK Kaunas 2-1 Rangers"] BBC Sport. 5 August 2008.</ref> His first goal came in his second appearance during a [[Scottish Premier League|SPL]] match against [[Hearts F.C.|Hearts]] on 16 August 2008.<ref>{{cite web | date = 16 August 2008| title = Rangers 2-0 Hearts | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/7561735.stm | publisher = BBC Sport}}</ref>
   
 
On 16 May 2009, during the penultimate league match of the [[Rangers F.C. season 2008-09|2008-09 season]] at home to [[Aberdeen F.C.|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 minimal contact had been made between the two players. Lafferty was also seen to wink towards someone after Mulgrew had left the field. Rangers went on to win the match 2-1.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8051174.stm "Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen"] BBC Sport. 16 May 2009.</ref> Upon reviewing the incident Rangers manager [[Walter Smith (footballer)|Walter Smith]] expressed his disappointment at Lafferty's conduct.<ref>{{cite web | date = 16 May 2009 | title = Smith upset by red card decisions | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/8053796.stm | publisher = BBC Sport}}</ref> Two days later it was reported that Rangers had fined Lafferty for his reactions in relation to the incident.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/8054856.stm "Rangers fine play-acting Lafferty"] BBC Sport. 18 May 2009.</ref> 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.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8053821.stm "Scots FA review Ibrox red cards"] BBC Sport. 20 May 2009.</ref> On 7 August 2009 Lafferty was given a two match suspension for simulation, this was the first time such action was taken by the SFA.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8190130.stm "Old Firm pair handed suspensions"] BBC Sport. 7 August 2009.</ref>
 
On 16 May 2009, during the penultimate league match of the [[Rangers F.C. season 2008-09|2008-09 season]] at home to [[Aberdeen F.C.|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 minimal contact had been made between the two players. Lafferty was also seen to wink towards someone after Mulgrew had left the field. Rangers went on to win the match 2-1.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8051174.stm "Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen"] BBC Sport. 16 May 2009.</ref> Upon reviewing the incident Rangers manager [[Walter Smith (footballer)|Walter Smith]] expressed his disappointment at Lafferty's conduct.<ref>{{cite web | date = 16 May 2009 | title = Smith upset by red card decisions | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/8053796.stm | publisher = BBC Sport}}</ref> Two days later it was reported that Rangers had fined Lafferty for his reactions in relation to the incident.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/8054856.stm "Rangers fine play-acting Lafferty"] BBC Sport. 18 May 2009.</ref> 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.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8053821.stm "Scots FA review Ibrox red cards"] BBC Sport. 20 May 2009.</ref> On 7 August 2009 Lafferty was given a two match suspension for simulation, this was the first time such action was taken by the SFA.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8190130.stm "Old Firm pair handed suspensions"] BBC Sport. 7 August 2009.</ref>

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Kyle Lafferty
Personal information
Full name Kyle Lafferty
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 27
Youth career
2004–2005 Burnley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Burnley 83 (10)
2006 Darlington (loan) 09 0(3)
2008– Rangers 44 0(8)
National team
2006 Northern Ireland U21 02 0(0)
2006– Northern Ireland 24 0(7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Kyle Lafferty (born 16 September 1987 in Enniskillen) is a Northern Irish professional association footballer who currently plays for Scottish Premier League side Rangers and also the Northern Ireland national team. Lafferty began his professional career with English side Burnley where he made 83 league appearances. He signed for Rangers in 2008 for £3.25 million, he won the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup in his first season with the club. Lafferty made his first international appearance for Northern Ireland in 2006 and, to date, has received 24 caps.

Club career

Early career

Lafferty began his career with NFC Kesh, playing in the Fermanagh & Western League.

Burnley

In 2004 he signed a youth team apprenticeship with English Championship team 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 a 89th minute substitute for Garreth O'Connor.[1]

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.[2] He returned to Burnley in January 2007.

He scored his first senior goal against Luton Town, netting the equaliser for Burnley during a 1–1 draw on 30 April 2006.[3] Lafferty played 89 times and scored 10 goals during his time at Burnley.

Rangers

On 16 June 2008, Burnley accepted a bid from Rangers of £3m plus Alan Gow but talks with Gow over his move to Turf Moor broke down.Alan Gow realised just how much of a Nob Lafferty was, and refused to have any involvement with such a Tool. Lafferty moved to Rangers on 19 June after the transfer offer was readjusted to write Gow out of the deal.[4] He made his Rangers debut as an 89th minute substitute during a UEFA Champions League qualifier on 5 August 2008 against FBK Kaunas.[5] His first goal came in his second appearance during a SPL match against Hearts on 16 August 2008.[6]

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 minimal contact had been made between the two players. Lafferty was also seen to wink towards someone after Mulgrew had left the field. Rangers went on to win the match 2-1.[7] Upon reviewing the incident Rangers manager Walter Smith expressed his disappointment at Lafferty's conduct.[8] Two days later it was reported that Rangers had fined Lafferty for his reactions in relation to the incident.[9] 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.[10] On 7 August 2009 Lafferty was given a two match suspension for simulation, this was the first time such action was taken by the SFA.[11]

International career

During 2006, he received his first senior Northern Ireland call-up on a post-season trip to the USA 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.

International goals

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2006 Helsinki, Finland Finland Finland 2–0 2–1 Friendly match
2 22 August 2007 Belfast, Northern Ireland Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 3–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3 17 October 2007 Solna, Sweden Sweden Sweden 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4 26 March 2008 Belfast, Northern Ireland Georgia (country) Georgia 1–0 4–1 Friendly match
5 26 March 2008 Belfast, Northern Ireland Georgia (country) Georgia 3–0 4–1 Friendly match
6 15 October 2008 Belfast, Northern Ireland San Marino San Marino 3–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
7 5 September 2009 Chorzów, Poland Poland Poland 1–0 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Career statistics

As of 12 February 2010
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Darlington (loan) 2005-06 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
Burnley 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 1
2006-07 35 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 37 4
2007-08 37 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 40 5
Burnley total 83 10 2 0 4 0 0 0 89 10
Rangers 2008-09 25 6 3 2 3 1 1 0 32 9
2009-10 17 2 2 0 2 0 4 0 25 2
Rangers total 42 8 5 2 5 1 5 0 57 11
Career total 134 21 7 2 9 1 5 0 155 24

Honours

Rangers

References

  1. ^ "Crewe 2-1 Burnley" Soccerbase (6 August 2005)
  2. ^ Notts County 3-2 Darlington Soccerbase, 7 January 2006
  3. ^ "Burnley 1–1 Luton" Soccerbase, 30 April 2006
  4. ^ "Lafferty completes Rangers move" BBC Sport. 19 June 2008.
  5. ^ "FBK Kaunas 2-1 Rangers" BBC Sport. 5 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Rangers 2-0 Hearts". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen" BBC Sport. 16 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Smith upset by red card decisions". BBC Sport. 16 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Rangers fine play-acting Lafferty" BBC Sport. 18 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Scots FA review Ibrox red cards" BBC Sport. 20 May 2009.
  11. ^ "Old Firm pair handed suspensions" BBC Sport. 7 August 2009.

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