Hat-trick hero Kyle Lafferty celebrated as ‘big personality’ and ‘professional’

Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright hailed Kyle Lafferty’s influence on and off the park after the striker scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 Scottish Cup win at Stenhousemuir.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 5:10 pm

Lafferty netted a 19-minute treble before substitute George Oakley grabbed his first goal for the club.

The Northern Ireland striker, Wright’s first Killie signing in February, now has six goals in three games.

“That’s why we brought him in,” said Wright, a former Northern Ireland international. “I do believe there’s players at the club who can be creative and can get into good positions and we just needed someone to come in and finish those off.

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Northern Ireland and Kilmarnock striker Kyle Lafferty. Pic by PA.

“And it’s good for George as well, he took his goal extremely well.

“For Kyle to get a hat-trick, it hopefully gives him even more confidence than he already has.

“He’s a big personality, a great lad, he is someone who I worked with 10 years ago with Northern Ireland.

“He is always wanting to play the practical joke but I don’t mind that because it gives the players a lift.

“The players actually have a little smile when they see him come into a room.

“It’s never quiet when he is around.

“But when he is on the pitch and in training, he is a very good professional.”

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