McCOIST: TIME FOR LAFFERTY TO LEARN
Manager Ally McCoist has told Kyle Lafferty he still has a future at Rangers - but hit out at the player's actions at a time when the club is in crisis.
The Northern Irishman was suspended for two weeks for failing to report for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hearts, which Rangers won 3-0.
Asked if Lafferty - who has been troubled by injury - could work his way back into his plans, McCoist told Blues News: "Of course, absolutely.
"I obviously have a problem with him at the moment but the one thing I will never do as a manager is hold grudges.
"I appreciate people do make mistakes and nobody made more of them than me as a player.
"But you have to learn from them and I have told Kyle on numerous occasions that now is the time he has to start learning.
"We all think he is a smashing lad and we all know the talent he has got but we want to see it at this club.
"If it's not at this club, he's running out of time for it to be somewhere else."
The 24-year-old will miss SPL games against Celtic, Dundee United and Motherwell.
And McCoist is furious that Lafferty's latest indiscretion has come at a time when the administration-hit club are dealing with a number of off-field problems.
He said: "There was unfortunately yet another breach of discipline from Kyle and, as you can imagine, it's absolutely the last thing we needed.
"He was in the squad to travel (to Edinburgh) and we were due to leave on Friday to go through to Tynecastle.
"But there was a failure to show for the travelling party. I phoned him and left a message because I couldn't get him and I asked him to get back to me.
"He didn't do that so I felt there was no other action to take and I didn't take that action lightly.
"We have had to take the action of suspending him and he has obviously taken his medicine. He has taken advice from the PFA and I spoke to his representative.
"I also know his agent and his previous agent have been speaking to a Championship manager down south, which I'm not sure is allowed.
"I think he has been winding us up the wrong way and the supporters and, certainly, the players deserve a lot, lot better from one of their own.
"We have a great set of boys and you don't want to disrupt them but those lads in that dressing room deserve better.
"I am really disappointed in Kyle's actions and sadly the thing is it's unfortunately not the first time."
The former Burnley forward, who joined Rangers in the summer of 2008 for a fee of more than £5million, is out of contract at the end of next season.
But Lafferty, who has scored 38 goals for the club, is likely to have secured an exit clause to allow him to leave for a specific fee this summer after agreeing to temporary wage cuts with the rest of his team-mates last month.
Players are due to revert to their original contracts on June 1 with doubts continuing over the prospect of administrators Duff and Phelps naming a preferred bidder in the coming days.
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