Lafferty fears for reputation
Rangers striker worried he will be branded a cheat for whole career
By Richard Bailey. Last Updated: May 19, 2009 10:04am
Lafferty: Regrets actions
Kyle Lafferty fears that his latest actions will leave him branded a cheat for the rest of his career.
The Rangers forward has been fined by the club following an incident which saw Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew sent-off in last weekend's match.
Both players went head-to-head in the opening exchanges at Ibrox before Lafferty theatrically fell to the floor clutching his face after little or no contact from the Dons defender.
The Northern Ireland international has since apologised for his behaviour and is willing to accept any punishment from the Scottish Football Association for what he describes as the 'biggest mistake of his career'.
"I know I'm going to get labelled as a diver and a cheat now. Probably for a long time, maybe for the rest of my career," he told the Scottish Sun.
"But despite what's happened that's definitely not me. The thing that hurts me the most is what people are obviously now going to be thinking of me.
"But I deserve what's coming my way now.
"I've been fined by the club and I understand the SFA are also looking at possible action. But I'll take whatever punishment I get because I deserve it.
"What I did on Sunday was the biggest mistake of my career."