Lafferty suspended by Rangers

Published Tuesday, 24 April 2012
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Kyle Lafferty has been suspended for two weeks amid reports of a dispute with manager Ally McCoist, Rangers have confirmed.

Lafferty suspended by Rangers
The club would not expand on the reasons for the punishment. (© Getty)

Reports claimed the striker had failed to report for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hearts, which Rangers won 3-0, after being troubled by a hernia problem.

The Northern Ireland international came off the bench in the previous game, a 3-1 win over St Mirren two weeks previously.

At a pre-match conference on Friday, McCoist said Lafferty was "basically just getting by game to game".

"Obviously Lafferty hasn't done a lot of training again but we'll have to wheel him out," he commented.

But Lafferty did not play against Tynecastle, and the club website said he had been suspended for a "breach of discipline".

The club stated "the 24-year-old's punishment [...] effectively ends his season early" and he will miss matches against Celtic, Dundee United and Motherwell.

Rangers also said his hamstring and groin problems mean Lafferty is"lacking fitness" and is therefore unlikely to be picked for the friendly against Linfield at Windsor Park next month.

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s magowan in belfast wrote (729 days ago):
It looks like Rangers may not be playing SPL next season.I wonder who will be the other half of the 'big two'next season.Killie or Hearts?.
Ady in Tyrone wrote (730 days ago):
This was one of the "great servants of the club who "bled blue-blood" and "volunteered" a huge wage cut for the good of the club ? All they were doing was merely re-negotiating contracts which would allow them to leave in the summer for peanuts at further detriment to Rangers finances. Talk about rats and sinking ships...or perhaps "ship of fools" would be more apt !
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