Lafferty eyes European debut
Kyle Lafferty is relishing the prospect of playing in his first ever UEFA Champions League match.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 18/10/09 10:31pm
Kyle Lafferty is relishing the prospect of playing in his first ever UEFA Champions League match when Romanian side Unirea Urziceni visit Ibrox on Tuesday.
The Northern Ireland international has hardly featured this season as a result of suspension and injury but made his first appearance of the season in the 2-1 Old Firm win over Celtic two weeks ago.
The 22-year-old must now force his way into manager Walter Smith's plans ahead of what is a must win game for the Gers having gained just one point from their previous two Champions League games.
Smith prefers to play with a lone striker in Europe and the former Burnley youngster may have to make do with a place on the bench.
"As a young player you want to play in the Champions League so I'm looking forward to the game," he said.
"It's something I've dreamed about and it's been hard missing out. It will be a tough game for us but I think with the squad we have, we should hopefully get the three points."
Lafferty has been used largely as a left winger since joining the club in summer 2008 but he admits his favoured position is through the middle.
"I just want to be playing but I think my best position is up front," he added.
"I tend to kind of raise my game when I'm playing there. I'm more comfortable. Striker is my position and, sooner rather than later, hopefully I get my chance there."
Having built on his performance against Celtic with 90 minutes against St Johnstone on Saturday Lafferty reveals that he is still some way from full fitness.
"It's been frustrating and I'm not sure if I'm fully match fit yet," he stated.
"I've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. While the rest of the lads were on international duty, I stayed behind and did a bit or work.
"I feel fit but getting a few games under my belt will help."