‘RANGERS nut’ Kyle Lafferty ‘ticks all the boxes’ for Rangers manager Steven Gerrard after the striker signed a two-year deal with the Light Blues this afternoon.
Lafferty, who re-joins the Light Blues from Hearts having departed six years ago, adds competition in the striking area for Gerrard’s squad, and the gaffer is thrilled to have him on board.
Speaking at today’s media conference, he said: “He knows what this club is about. There is no risk in terms of him performing in front of the demands of this crowd and this club, and the expectation.
“I believe we are a young squad, so he brings vital experience to us. He is a Rangers nut and I think he ticks all the boxes in what I am looking for in terms of what I want from a front man.
“We know we are quite bare up there without him, so that is why I want him.
“I was raw, I was experienced, made similar mistakes and got over excited – and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.
“I love that in a footballer, but of course, we want to channel it in the right direction. But I think with age and maturity, I got more experience, calmed down and simmered a bit. But, at the same time, I always tried to play on the edge and that is where top performances and important performances come from.
“They always come when players play on the edge.”
Gerrard was also quizzed on his pursuit of a central defender at today’s media conference, to which he replied: “I am still looking, but I have been very, very lucky in the centre-back area getting [Connor] over the line to come and play for us, and Nikola as well have been two rocks for me.
“They have been so consistent from start to finish, and they have certainly helped me in terms of looking for a centre-half as they have been so durable.
“But I would like to get another body in that position. That will give me the luxury to change formation maybe or pull one of those two out in terms of giving them a breather.
“But Connor and Niko have been absolutely brilliant for me.”
Rangers welcome Russian outfit Ufa in the Europa League tomorrow, and on that, Gerrard added: “I think at Ibrox with the crowd, it is another full house and we know the crowd are excited and are going to take the roof off.
“I think we have to go with that, be positive and be on the front foot. I am looking for a top-class performance from my team so we will be looking for a performance full of aggression and intensity, and I think that is when we are at our best.
“I think you saw it, certainly for the second half against Maribor, and for the opening 15 to 20 minutes – we played at a very good speed they couldn’t live with.”