KYLE LAFFERTY faced angry Kilmarnock fans in the aftermath of the team’s relegation from the Premiership last night.
The Ayrshire outfit were beaten 2-1 by Dundee in the second leg of their Play-Off Final at Rugby Park to topple out of the top flight for the first time in 28 years at Rugby Park.
Tommy Wright watched in horror as his strugglers failed to overcome the Tayside club’s 2-1 advantage from the first game as they gifted goals in the first-half to the visitors that were snapped up by Danny Mullen and Lee Ashcroft.
A group of furious supporters remained outside the stadium after the flop to demonstrate their feelings and Northern Ireland international forward Lafferty, who netted his team’s consolation strike from a penalty-kick, came out to front them up and ask them to move.
In a video captured by one of the supporters, the 33-year-old former Rangers and Hearts winger says: “We’ve let you all down, we know we have. We weren’t good enough all season.
“There are boys who have been at the club 10 years. The kitman is crying.
“That was one of the team talks this morning. We said we would do it for them – but obviously we couldn’t.
“There were too many mistakes that we couldn’t get back from. But can you let the lads go?”
The supporter who uploaded the video to Twitter wrote: “One man came out to face the fact we were relegated and apologised for it while everyone else drove away or stayed inside.
“There is (sic) players in there that’s (sic) been here for 10 years and couldn’t come out to face it and Kyle Lafferty was the only man who had the balls to do it!!’
Dejected boss Wright, speaking to the Mail online, admitted: “We didn’t do enough. We didn’t compete enough.
“Dundee were stronger, but they didn’t have to do a lot to win either game. We gifted them three out of four goals.
“The first goal tonight is absolutely embarrassing from our point of view. No-one took responsibility in a two-v-one situation and we end up behind the eight-ball within the first 15 minutes.”