NORTHERN Ireland international winger Kyle Lafferty has ruled out a dramatic return to Hearts.
The 32-year-old forward, who was given the boot by Steven Gerrard at Rangers in July last year after only 12 months at Ibrox, was linked with a second stint at the troubled Tynecastle outfit.
However, Lafferty, a free agent after leaving Norwegian side Sarpsborg, will look to continue his career abroad, according to a report in the Evening News.
During his first spell with the Edinburgh men he scored 20 goals in 48 games before leaving for Ibrox for a disastrous second spell that was cut short when Gerrard had his contract ripped up.
Lafferty’s second spell at the Glasgow giants lasted just one season in which he scored five times in 24 appearances after being signed for a reported £500,000.
He has had previous experiences in Europe, having played for FC Sion in Switzerland, Palermo in Italy and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey.
The beanpole forward has been capped 73 times by his country and has scored 20 international goals.