Kyle Lafferty
VILLAREAL, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 20: Kyle Lafferty of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Rangers Coach Steven Gerrard has lauded the contribution of Kyle Lafferty who came on as a substitute in Rangers’ midweek Europa League draw against Villarreal.

However, he insisted sentiments will not be considered in his decision on whether he starts against his former team Hearts on Sunday.

Rangers will be needing the experience of the Northern Irishman in a match which a win could take them top of the Ladbrokes Premiership for the first time since Steven Gerrard took over.

“I thought Kyle was excellent when he came on,” Gerrard told The Herald.

“That is the Lafferty we want. He was aggressive, putting himself about, difficult to play against and nearly got the winner with an unbelievable strike. He will play a big part from now until the end of the season but there will be no sentiment involved because it is his old club.”

On the atmosphere of the Tynecastle, Gerrard said:

“It is a narrow pitch, a little bit tighter to what we are used to here at Ibrox,”

“But it is the same for both teams. It is a wicked little atmosphere and I am looking forward to the game. I am sure it will be feisty at times this weekend. But I don’t mind that, I am all for that, I used to love playing in those ones.”