HEARTS boss Craig Levein has claimed Kyle Lafferty’s head has been turned after being linked with a return to Rangers.
But the Tynecastle gaffer insists last season’s 19-goal man is going nowhere unless the Ibrox side hugely increase their initial £200,000 offer.
Levein said: “Players are always for sale, but not at that price.
“We said: ‘No, thank you’. And I’m not going to use any adjectives to describe the offer apart from ‘disappointing’.
“We’ve spoken to Kyle and his head has been turned a little bit, but, to his credit, he has been very professional.
“I had a long chat with Kyle about his responsibilities as a professional.
“The good thing is we only have another month of this nonsense. We had the same dealings with Rangers over Jamie Walker. I kind of expect the same thing again.””
Questioned if Lafferty wants to return to Ibrox where he claimed six major honours between 2008 and 2012, Levein added: “I didn’t actually ask him that.
“As far as I’m concerned, him and I are fine and I don’t have any issues at all.”
Lafferty came on as a second-half substitute as the Edinburgh outfit hammered Inverness Caley Thistle in the Betfred League Cup at Tynecastle yesterday.
* ST MIRREN have confirmed they have signed Manchester United midfielder Matty Willock on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old grafter spent the second half of last season at St Johnstone where he made 12 appearances.
Willock graduated through United’s youth academy and has also had a loan spell at Dutch club Utrecht.
After playing in the 6-0 Betfred League Cup win over Dumbarton at the weekend, he said: “I’m really delighted. I spoke to the gaffer and he really sold me on the way he wants the team to progress this season.
“I know what I am coming into. I know the tempo of the game is really quick,. I hope my experience last season stands me in good stead.
“I’m a midfielder, I work hard, I try and drive forward with the ball and will hopefully chip in with some goals and assists.”
Paisley boss Alan Stubbs added: “He certainly brings a physicality to the midfield. Most importantly, he brings competition for places.
“He is a big lad, six foot one or two, powerful, aggressive, he will get around the pitch.
“He is a threat in terms of scoring, which is what I want to add to the midfield area and he certainly gives us a lot of options in there.”
* FORMER Dundee United left-back Barry Douglas has agreed a three-year contract with Leeds United after leaving Premier League new boys Wolves on a £3million deal.
The Scotland international defender, 28, made 42 appearances for the Midlands outfit last season. Douglas left Tannadice in 2013 for Polish side Lech Poznan before switching to Turkish outfit Konyaspor three years later. He signed for the Molineux club in July 2017.
* ABERDEEN are looking at Forest Green Rovers striker Christian Doidge as a replacement for Adam Rooney, who has switched to English fifth-tier outfit Salford City.
The frontman, who has scored over 50 goals for his side in the past two years, is also on the radar of Sunderland’s ex-St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross while Peterborough and Bradford City are monitoring the situation.