Steven Gerrard urges Rangers to grab their Europa League opportunity against Ufa

Ross Houston
August 23, 2018

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard spoke to reporters ahead of his side's Europa League clash tonight, and responded to reporters when asked about new signing Kyle Lafferty, predicting that the 30-year-old will go on to become a big player at Ibrox, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. "I don't think we. I am happy to be home", he said.

Lafferty scored 20 goals for Hearts in 48 appearances, including the victor as the Edinburgh side beat Celtic earlier this month to move top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Northern Ireland worldwide, 30, who spent four years at Rangers between 2008 and 2012, could be in Thursday's squad to face Ufa in the Europa League.

Asked if he had a message for the Rangers support, Lafferty added: 'Obviously, the way I left the first time, I was disappointed and I think I was advised wrongly by people who were looking after me.

The Northern Ireland global spent four years at Ibrox, hitting 38 goals and lifting three league titles, before leaving after Rangers went into liquidation in 2012.

STEVEN GERRARD hopes Rangers can achieve their first goal of the season against Ufa.

"Everybody has got a price and I felt the price we got for Kyle was good, so it's a normal situation really", said Levein, who also admitted there could be at least another couple of departures before next Friday.

"I believe we're a young squad so he brings vital experience to us".

Hearts owner Ann Budge told fans the club had little option but to sell Lafferty - whose Tynecastle contract expired at the end of this season - after the forward made his desire to sign for Rangers known.

"I am not too sure how the language barrier will work but I think we will understand each other in footballing terms".

'It is no secret that this has been a particularly hard and drawn-out affair, ' Budge told the Hearts website.

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