Rangers have confirmed by way of their official website that Kyle Lafferty has been suspended by the club for a breach of discipline.
The Northern Ireland striker has been banned for two weeks in a move that effectively finishes his season early. The statement from the club reads as follows:
“Ranger have suspended forward Kyle Lafferty for two weeks following a breach of discipline.
Reports in this morning’s press carried details of a fall-out between the Northern Ireland striker and manager Ally McCoist ahead of Saturday’s game at Hearts.
And the club has today confirmed the 24-year-old’s punishment which effectively ends his season early.”
The details of why Lafferty has been punished remain sketchy and the subject of pure speculation. Before Saturday’s clash with Hearts, Rangers boss Ally McCoist suggested that Lafferty – who has been struggling through matches with injury and taking injections to play – would be part of the match day squad. From the Belfast Telegraph:
“Obviously Lafferty hasn’t done a lot of training again but we’ll have to wheel him out. He is basically just getting by game to game.”
However, Lafferty was not named on the bench implying his transgression occurred between the media conference on Friday afternoon and the squad being decided on Saturday afternoon.
Lafferty has scored seven times for Gers in 22 appearances this season but his days at the club were said to be numbered before this incident. The striker is rumoured to have been one of the big name players who will be allowed to leave the club for cut-price over the summer, as part of the deal that saw them agree to a 75% wage cut earlier in the year.