World Cup 2018: Kyle Lafferty leaves door open to Qarabag club move

Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty counts Norwich City and Rangers among his former clubs

Striker Kyle Lafferty has left the door open on a possible move to Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, having just returned from international duty in Baku.

The 29-year-old came on as a substitute for Northern Ireland on Saturday when Stuart Dallas' late winner ensured a 1-0 victory in World Cup qualifying.

"I heard about the fact they (Qarabag) were supposedly interested in me but I haven't heard anything more," he said.

"Who knows what could happen if Qarabag come in with an offer for me?".

"Obviously I've spent a few days there and from what I've seen the city is fantastic and I was really impressed by the stadium," added Lafferty.

Dallas' dramatic late strike strengthened his country's hold on second spot in their qualifying group.

They did so in the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, home to Qarabag, who are believed to have shown an interest in luring Lafferty following his release by Norwich City in the summer.

Six of Azerbaijan's starting XI on Saturday play for Qarabag, the club who have won the Azerbaijan title for four years in a row.

Lafferty has previously shown a willingness to ply his trade further afield after spells in Switzerland, Italy and Turkey.

His limited playing time at Norwich over the past three years has seen him slip down the pecking order at international level, though Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is confident he will be a success wherever he ends up, provided he is shown some love.

"He needs to go somewhere where first of all he's happy that he's valued and if you make Kyle feel like that, he'll do well for you, simple as that," O'Neill said last week.

"If he goes to a club that really want him, really value him and he makes the right decision in terms of the move he makes, I've no doubts he'll be a good signing for any club."

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden6411124813
2France6411115613
3Netherlands6312136710
4Bulgaria6303912-39
5Belarus6123411-75
6Luxembourg6015617-111

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland6600123918
2Portugal65012231915
3Hungary62138717
4Faroe Islands6123210-85
5Andorra6114213-114
6Latvia6105212-103

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany66002712618
2Northern Ireland6411112913
3Czech Rep62319549
4Azerbaijan621339-67
5Norway6114610-44
6San Marino6006130-290

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia5320126611
2R. of Ireland532073411
3Wales51408447
4Austria52128717
5Georgia502348-42
6Moldova5014213-111

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland6510157816
2Montenegro6312147710
3Denmark6312106410
4Romania61327706
5Armenia6204714-76
6Kazakhstan6024416-122

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England6420102814
2Slovakia6402124812
3Slovenia632163311
4Scotland6222910-18
5Lithuania6123611-55
6Malta6006215-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain54101921713
2Italy5410134913
3Israel53029909
4Albania520348-46
5Macedonia5104711-43
6Liechtenstein5005119-180

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium65102422216
2Greece6330103712
3Bos-Herze6321135811
4Cyprus621359-47
5Estonia6114517-124
6Gibraltar6006324-210

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia54101111013
2Iceland531186210
3Ukraine52217438
4Turkey52217528
5Finland501438-51
6Kosovo5014214-121
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