Lafferty explains Ibrox exit

  • Last Updated: July 2 2012, 20:10 BST

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has revealed his fall-out with manager Ally McCoist was not the main reason behind his departure from Ibrox.

Kyle Lafferty: Still friends with McCoist

Lafferty signed for Swiss side FC Sion on Saturday after being one of 10 players who objected to the transfer of their contracts from Rangers to the newco club.

The 24-year-old was hit with a two-week ban by McCoist in April after he refused to travel with the team to a league fixture at Hearts but Lafferty has not cited that as his motivation for leaving the club.

"It's a new challenge," he told Sky Sports News.

"Everyone is thinking that the fall-out I had with the manager had a big say but me and the manager spoke and we are friends again and I'd love to play under him again.

Kyle Lafferty

10. Kyle Lafferty

Title Number
Appearances 6 (15)
Goals 5
Assists 2
Yellows 2
Reds 0
*Current Season

"He has had a tough year and you have to feel sorry for him. He is a great manager and is one of the lads really - he will be there and get the lads fired up for the challenge of whatever league they are in."

Lafferty grew up as a Rangers fan and praised the whole squad for their attitude during the ongoing financial struggles.

He said: "I had a great four years at Rangers and done what I came here to do and win titles and scored goals for my boyhood heroes but this is the next chapter in my career and I'm looking forward to it.

"I think every single player has tried their hardest to help the club and every single player stood up, even the younger lads who were earning a couple of hundred pounds a week.

"It is just sad to see the club get liquidated - (but) it is always going to be Rangers. No matter what the name is, it has the same fans, the same manager, same players and Rangers are going to be around for a lot longer."

The former Burnley forward made the surprise decision to move to Switzerland but is looking forward to the challenges ahead at Sion.

"Obviously I saw them last season against Celtic and they are a good side," he said.

"They are a team that go forward and they have the winning mentality that has been drilled into me by Rangers so I just want to go and win titles with them and hopefully score goals with them.

"Also the town itself, I've never seen anything like it, its brilliant and for my family it'll be a great experience."

Lafferty follows defender Steven Whittaker, who joined Barclays Premier League side Norwich, out of Ibrox on a free transfer with several other names expected to leave shortly.