Hodson yearns to have Lafferty back at Ibrox

Kyle Lafferty (right) in action for Northern Ireland with international team-mate Lee Hodson.
Kyle Lafferty (right) in action for Northern Ireland with international team-mate Lee Hodson.

Lee Hodson admits he would love to be reunited with Northern Ireland team-mate Kyle Lafferty at Rangers.

The former Ibrox frontman is on the lookout for a new club after being released by Norwich.

He spent four years in Glasgow after sealing a £3million switch from Burnley but quit in the wake of the club’s 2012 financial meltdown.

Lafferty has already admitted he would jump at the chance to re-sign for Gers after confessing he made a mistake in leaving.

He would have to win over a sizeable section of the Ibrox faithful angered by his decision to walk away when the Light Blues were at their lowest ebb.

However, Hodson has no doubt he would repay their faith in goals.

The full-back said: “Kyle is a great lad. He’s been performing very well for Northern Ireland, both leading up to the Euros and at the championships.

“He’s a goalscorer. He’s been here before and the fans know him very well. It would be nice to see him here but that’s down to the manager.

“I think Kyle’s out of contract now so it’s down to him as well.

“He had a great time here. I can definitely understand why Kyle says he regrets leaving. Once you’re at a big club you want to stay at a big club.

“Kyle has proven himself wherever he goes. Leading up to the Euros he was top goalscorer for Northern Ireland.

“He hasn’t been playing much football but has still been scoring during this qualifying campaign, so I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in him.”

Lafferty could yet be one of the new faces checking in this summer but Hodson admits he still does not know if he will be part of Pedro Caixinha’s team next season.

The Gers boss has already told out-of-contract pair Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos they will not be handed new deals following Sunday’s final game of the season at St Johnstone.