HEARTS’ new recruit Kyle Lafferty has revealed his hopes for the upcoming season for the Jambos.
Lafferty, 29, signed on a free transfer following his release from EFL Championship side Norwich City.
Speaking of his belief in his new side, the Northern Irishman reckoned his side would be a match for Celtic.
“I wouldn’t have joined the club if I thought we would finish fourth or fifth or sixth or in the bottom half. We have a squad good enough to challenge for second.
“I’ve come here to be fighting at the top end of the table.
“Can we win the league? Who knows. We’ve got an excellent team with young players and senior pros.”
Lafferty, a controversial figure within Scottish football after 5 years at Rangers, was sceptical over the new Rangers that Pedro Caixinha has employed.
“Nobody knows how Rangers are going to be. They’ve made a few signings but we don’t know how they will shape up.
“Scotland and Glasgow is a tough, tough place to play football and a lot of big names in the past have come up and not produced.
“You have to have something about you to perform in Scotland.
I’m sure these foreign players are excellent but we don’t know how they are going to perform.”
Lafferty joins Christophe Berra, Rafal Grzelak and Ashley Smith-Brown as Ian Cathro attempts to revitalise his side that finished the 2016/17 campaign with a whimper in 5th place.