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Kyle Lafferty Says His ‘Ideal’ Next Move Would Be a Return to Hearts

Kyle Lafferty Says His ‘Ideal’ Next Move Would Be a Return to Hearts

Kyle Lafferty says a return to Hearts would be ‘ideal’, as he weighs up his options following his departure from Rangers.

The Northern Ireland international’s contract at Ibrox was cancelled by mutual consent a year early last month, after Lafferty failed to make any sort of tangible impact on Steven Gerrard’s first-team.

Lafferty, who turns 32 in September, joined the Gers from Hearts in the summer of 2018 in a cut-price deal, but it seems the striker would now relish the opportunity of a return to Tynecastle.

Speaking via the Scotsman, Lafferty said: “I’d like to stay in Scotland but I don’t know what to do.

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“I’ve enjoyed playing abroad, I enjoy that type of football and the lifestyle of being abroad as my family would enjoy that but it’s not about just going somewhere hot and sunny.

“My preference would be to stay in the [Scottish] Premiership and my ideal move would be to go back to Hearts as I enjoyed my time there.

“People don’t realise how big a club they are but they are a terrific club who’ve signed Conor Washington – an international team-mate of mine. He’s someone who will score goals and that’s what Hearts need right now.

“I need to sit down and assess things and decide my next step. We’ll see what the next chapter is.”

With the likes of Uche Ikpeazu, Conor Washington and now Steven Naismith in his attacking ranks, would Jambos boss Craig Levein be keen on bringing Lafferty back to Edinburgh for one more stint?

And would Hearts fans be keen on taking the veteran hit-man back after he quickly jumped ship after Rangers’ interest last year?

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