Smith hopes Lafferty has learned
Walter Smith is hoping striker Kyle Lafferty has learned from his play-acting lesson last season.
Last Updated: 02/09/09 3:52pm
Rangers manager Walter Smith is hoping striker Kyle Lafferty has learned from his play-acting lesson last season.
Lafferty threw himself to the floor following an apparent head-butt from Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew, actions that saw The Dons man see red.
However, replays clearly showed little contact between the pair and that the Northern Ireland man had cheated to get an opponent dismissed.
Lafferty's actions did not go down well with Gers boss Smith who hopes the 21-year-old will cut out that element of his game once and for all.
The striker should return to the fold after completing a three-match ban for simulation and Smith is pleased to have the striker available again.
Error of his ways
"I think he knows himself the error of his ways in terms of what he did and hopefully that won't happen again," said Smith.
"He missed enough games last season with injuries and the last thing he wants is to miss matches.
"He has been keeping himself fit and played in a couple of bounce games but I'm sure it has been frustrating for him that he has not been involved in our matches yet.
"He will play a couple of matches for Northern Ireland in the next week and then he will be available for us.
"We are looking forward to getting him back because we are moving into a phase where we will have midweek matches as well as weekend games, so it's important we have everyone available and ready to play."