Lafferty ready to move on
Burnley striker aims to boost international ambitions
Last Updated: May 28, 2008 4:16pm
Lafferty: Wants a new challenge
Kyle Lafferty wants to move on from Burnley over the summer and claims he is 'not wanted' at Turf Moor.
The Northern Ireland international is a target for Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers, while Wolves have also shown an interest.
The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Burnley, but believes it is now time to make the next step in his career.
"I've enjoyed my time at Burnley, learnt so much at the club, but I now feel it's time for me to move on," Lafferty told the Belfast Telegraph.
"I need a fresh challenge at my stage of my career.
"I've given my all to Burnley, but no player is going to stay where he is not wanted.
"It is imperative I make a move now as it would also help my international career."
Lafferty has since clarified his earlier remarks and insisted he did not mean to criticise the club.
The player confirmed in a statement issued via the Clarets: "In no way were my comments aimed at the current manager or the club in general because I feel that under the previous manager and under Owen Coyle, I was treated really well.
"However, despite adoring most of the Burnley supporters, I feel there was always a small section of support that I could never win over.
"That in turn was affecting my performances and, when clubs like Rangers and Wolves make approaches, it is only natural that I would be interested."
Lafferty's comments come after Clarets boss Owen Coyle admitted on Tuesday that he would do his 'utmost' to keep the striker at the club.
Coyle told the Lancashire Telegraph: "You want to keep your best players at your football club and Kyle is one of those.
"I think he has got better and I think he can evolve and be better again.
"I don't speak about anything else anyone has done, but what I will say is we will do our utmost to make sure he remains at Burnley."