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Rangers' Lafferty relieved to score first Old Firm goal

Kyle Lafferty admitted it was a huge relief to finally score his maiden Old Firm derby goal against Celtic on the weekend.

The 23-year old forward struck with just over 20 minutes remaining to put 'Gers up 3-2 in the match at Ibrox they eventually won 4-2 and has since confessed that he thought he may never break his duck against the Hoops after missing two chances earlier in the contest.

"It was like a massive weight had been lifted from my shoulders," he said.

"I missed with a volley after I'd read (Badr) El Kaddouri's headed back-pass.

"I did everything right apart from the finish.

"I couldn't believe it - and at that moment I thought I'd never score against Celtic.

"Fortunately, I got another opportunity and I was able to keep my composure and make the most of it.

"My first attempt was blocked and when the ball came back to me I just concentrated on getting it to my left side and hitting it as hard as I could.

"It was sheer elation for me seeing it hit the net.

"I waited three years for the goal and when it came yesterday it was a mixture of relief and joy.

"Now I want many more goals against Celtic.

"I don't think I'll ever get close to the gaffer's record in Old Firm games - (Ally McCoist scored 27 times in 15 years).

"After getting my first I just want to keep on scoring against Celtic."

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