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Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty (born 16 September 1987) is an Northern Irish association footballer who currently plays as a Forward (association football) for Scottish Premier League side Rangers F.C. and the Northern Ireland national football team. Kyle Lafferty made Kyle Lafferty first international appearance for Northern Ireland in 2006 and has received 29 caps, scoring eight goals.

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Kyle Lafferty biography


Kyle Lafferty (born 16 September 1987) is an Northern Irish association footballer who currently plays as a Forward (association football) for Scottish Premier League side Rangers F.C. and the Northern Ireland national football team. Kyle Lafferty made Kyle Lafferty first international appearance for Northern Ireland in 2006 and has received 29 caps, scoring eight goals.

Lafferty began Kyle Lafferty professional career with English side Burnley F.C. where Kyle Lafferty made 89 appearances. Kyle Lafferty signed for Rangers F.C. in 2008 for £3.25m, winning the 2008–09 Scottish Premier League and 2009 Scottish Cup Final in Kyle Lafferty first season with the club.

Personal Life

Lafferty is currently engaged to former miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh, who recently just had the couples first baby boy, named Taylor James Lafferty.

Club career

Burnley

kyle lafferty was a Rangers fan Kyle Lafferty whole life, In 2004 Kyle Lafferty signed a youth team apprenticeship with English Football League Championship team Burnley F.C.. The following season saw Kyle Lafferty begin to make an impression upon the Burnley first team. Kyle Lafferty made Kyle Lafferty debut during a 2–1 away league defeat to Crewe Alexandra F.C. on 6 August 2005, coming on as a 89th minute substitute for Garreth O'Connor.

In January 2006, Lafferty joined Darlington F.C. on loan. Kyle Lafferty went on to make nine appearances and net three goals for the club, including a scoring debut against Notts County F.C. on 7 January. Kyle Lafferty returned to Burnley in January 2007.

Kyle Lafferty scored Kyle Lafferty first senior goal against Luton Town F.C., netting the equaliser for Burnley during a 1–1 draw on 30 April 2006. Lafferty played 89 times and scored 10 goals during Kyle Lafferty time at Burnley.

Rangers

On 16 June 2008, Burnley accepted a bid from Rangers F.C. of £3m plus Alan Gow but talks with Gow over Kyle Lafferty move to Turf Moor broke down. Lafferty moved to Rangers on 19 June after the transfer offer was readjusted to write Gow out of the deal. Kyle Lafferty made Kyle Lafferty Rangers debut as an 89th minute substitute during a UEFA Champions League qualifier on 5 August 2008 against FBK Kaunas. Kyle Lafferty first goal came in Kyle Lafferty second appearance during a Scottish Premier League match against Heart of Midlothian F.C. on 16 August 2008.

On 16 May 2009, during the penultimate league match of the 2008-09 Rangers F.C. season at home to Aberdeen F.C., Lafferty was involved in an altercation with Aberdeen player Charlie Mulgrew. Both players were involved in an off the ball incident which resulted in Lafferty reacting as if Kyle Lafferty had been headbutted. The referee, Stuart Dougal, sent Mulgrew off for violent conduct; however, television pictures showed that no contact had been made between the two players. Rangers went on to win the match 2–1. Upon reviewing the incident Rangers manager Walter Smith expressed Kyle Lafferty disappointment at Lafferty's conduct. Two days later it was reported that Rangers had fined Lafferty for Kyle Lafferty reactions in relation to the incident. The case was also referred to the Scottish Football Association review panel with a view to rescinding Mulgrew's red card, with possible action taken against Lafferty for Kyle Lafferty simulation. On 7 August 2009 Lafferty was given a two match suspension for simulation, this was the first time such action was taken by the SFA.

On 25 April 2010, Lafferty scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Hibernian F.C. at Easter Road, securing the league title for Rangers with three left to play. On 22 August, Lafferty was sent off, along with opponent Kevin McBride (footballer), in a match at the same venue. On 25 September 2010, Lafferty scored Kyle Lafferty first hat-trick for the club in a 7–2 victory over Dunfermline Athletic. Lafferty scored in Rangers 4-0 win over Dundee United in 19 April 2011 before being criticised for missing an opportunity in the final Old Firm game of the 2010-11 season at Ibrox in a 0-0 draw. Lafferty then went on to score in three consecutive games in the title run in against Motherwell, Hearts and Dundee United. Lafferty then scored a hat-trick in the final SPL game of the season as Rangers beat Kilmarnock 5-1 and won their 3rd consecutive SPL championship.
On September 18, 2011, Lafferty scored Kyle Lafferty first Old Firm goal in a 4-2 win against Celtic. On December 17, 2011, Lafferty scored an 83rd minute winner for Rangers against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the game ending 2-1.

International career

In early 2006, Lafferty represented Northern Ireland under 19s at the internationally respected youth tournament Milk Cup. Lafferty impressed during the tournament scoring in Kyle Lafferty first game against Paraguay under 19s; however Northern Ireland lost the match 3-1.

Later in 2006, Kyle Lafferty received Kyle Lafferty first senior Northern Ireland national football team call-up on a post-season trip to the United States to play friendly games against Romania national football team and Uruguay national football team. Lafferty scored Kyle Lafferty first Northern Ireland goal in an away friendly against Finland national football team the following year. Kyle Lafferty featured predominantly as the second striker alongside David Healy (footballer) during Northern Ireland's Euro 2008 qualification group, and Kyle Lafferty scored Kyle Lafferty first competitive international goal in a 4–1 victory over group minnows Liechtenstein national football team. Kyle Lafferty then secured a 1–1 draw away to Sweden national football team, scoring Northern Ireland's equaliser in the second half.

On 26 March 2008, Kyle Lafferty bagged Kyle Lafferty first international brace, scoring two goals in a friendly against Georgia national football team which Northern Ireland won 4–1.

International goals


Honours

Rangers F.C.
- Scottish Premier League (3): Scottish Premier League 2008-09, Scottish Premier League 2009-10, 2010–11 Scottish Premier League
- Scottish Cup (1): 2009 Scottish Cup Final
- Scottish League Cup (2): 2010 Scottish League Cup Final, 2011 Scottish League Cup Final

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Lafferty

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