- AFC DONScast – HeartsPosted 4 hours ago
- McInnes Praises Rae and OsbournePosted 13 hours ago
- New AFC Home Kit LaunchedPosted 1 day ago
- Niall McGinn Will Draw OthersPosted 1 day ago
- Aberdeen Spirit Delights BossPosted 1 day ago
- Thank You For Your Support This SeasonPosted 1 day ago
- Aberdeen 1 v Hearts 1Posted 2 days ago
- Preview: Aberdeen v HeartsPosted 2 days ago
- McInnes Silent Over New SigningsPosted 2 days ago
- Niall McGinn Extends Aberdeen StayPosted 2 days ago
Kyle Lafferty Finished At Ibrox
- Updated: April 24, 2012
SunSport can reveal a bitter bust-up with Rangers boss Ally McCoist saw the crocked striker suspended last night.
Lafferty has been ordered to stay away from Murray Park and Ibrox for two weeks, and banned from attending the final two home games of the season against Dundee United and Motherwell.
It’s believed the £3.25million hitman, who has a year left on his contract, never wants to play for McCoist again.
The explosive fall-out follows the 24-year-old star’s failure to meet up with the squad last Friday for the trip to Edinburgh and an overnight stay ahead of the 3-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle.
Livid McCoist summoned Lafferty — who’s currently sidelined by a hernia problem needing surgery — to his office and bluntly ordered him to keep away from Ibrox.
Yet, a source close to the player last night claimed the Gers boss had asked Lafferty to make himself available for action as a sub against the Jambos despite him being clearly unfit.
Lafferty, who played a major role in the last two Rangers’ title triumphs with vital goals, was not willing to take that risk.
The Ulsterman has already made three sub appearances while not 100 per cent fit.
The same source also alleged that McCoist had CANCELLED two planned operations for the Northern Ireland ace, including one pencilled in for Manchester today.
It’s believed Lafferty was scheduled to head south last night to the same private hospital as Gers captain Steven Davis, who WILL get surgery for a similar injury which has ended his season.
Instead, Lafferty has been forced to remain at home and ponder his future.
The ex-Burnley frontman last month joined other top stars, including Allan McGregor, skipper Davis and Steven Naismith, in agreeing a desperate request from Rangers’ administrators to take a 75 per cent wage cut.
SunSport revealed this month that Lafferty, signed in June 2008, had also insisted that in return for slashing his wages he would be available for a potential summer transfer at a cut-price £500,000.
His career at Rangers has been littered with controversy, but he had become a key player under ex-boss Walter Smith and then McCoist.
But now it seems certain he has played his last game for Gers and will get that move away from his boyhood heroes.
©2012 The Sun