Gers open Lafferty talks

McCoist confident of keeping hold of striker

Kyle Lafferty: In talks with Rangers over a new deal at Ibrox

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Rangers boss Ally McCoist is hopeful that Kyle Lafferty will sign a new contract soon after opening talks with the striker.

The 24-year-old Northern Ireland international is in the final year of his present contract and would be able to leave the club next summer as a free agent.

A number of clubs in England are thought to be monitoring Lafferty's situation with the player impressing at Ibrox over the last couple of seasons.

McCoist is keen to keep hold of the former Burnley man and he is optimistic Lafferty will pledge his future to the Glasgow outfit.

McCoist said: "I know Craig (Whyte) spoke to Kyle's agent yesterday and I haven't had the chance to speak to Craig or Kyle today.

"I'll maybe have a chat with Kyle on the bus [to Aberdeen] and I know I'll speak to Craig. Hopefully there won't be too many problems."

Lafferty, who arrived at Ibrox from Burnley in a £3m deal in 2008, is also thought to be keen to commit his future to the Glasgow giants.

"I don't see why I can't finish my career here," Lafferty told the Glasgow Evening Times.

"It would be brilliant to play for Rangers long enough to get a testimonial."