Kyle Lafferty: Rangers boss Steven Gerrard 'respects' Northern Ireland 'punishment'

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2018

Kyle Lafferty has apologised to Rangers after his withdrawal from the Northern Ireland squad led to the striker sitting out this weekend's Scottish Premiership action.

The Irish FA invoked Fifa's five-day rule over the 31-year-old, which means he misses Rangers' game with Hamilton.

With the 23-year-old player being restricted to only three appearances for Rangers so far following his arrival late on in the August transfer window from Osijek, he improved his own fitness further during the worldwide break and speaking to the media in today's pre-game press conference the gaffer confirmed that he was available for Sunday's action, so will presumably be in the matchday squad. A player I admired an bad lot.

Asked about the situation, former Liverpool captain Gerrard said: "Paul Gascoigne is my hero - a player I admired an terrible lot". He's come in, apologised for what's gone on.

The Gers face a crunch Europa League clash against Spartak Moscow next Thursday, and by missing the match with the Accies, the Northern Ireland global should be completely fresh for the tie against the Russians, which could well be the difference between Rangers getting something out of the battle or finishing it empty handed.

"That's none of my business to be brutally honest", he said. "He looks passionate. He looks like he loves it".

'He's made it clear to me he wants to continue to play and be available but that's a conversation between himself and Michael that he will have to thrash out'.

Steven Gerrard has admitted his "disappointment" at Paul Gascoigne's nomination to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame being withdrawn. I bought the VHSs, the CDs, the shirts - all the memorabilia that comes with Gazza.

"He's my hero, so I'm disappointed for him of course".

'I don't know the circumstances (behind the decision) so I've got nothing more to add to it.

However, Gerrard stated: "Paul Gascoigne is my hero".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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