Rangers confirmed Lafferty had returned for a second spell at the club yesterday afternoon with the striker signing a two-year deal.
Lafferty becomes Gerrard’s 12th signing of the summer and is hopeful of making his debut in the Europa League clash against FC Ufa this evening.
The 30-year-old is back on the Ibrox books six years after he quit for Swiss outfit Sion on a free transfer when the club went into financial meltdown
And in an heartfelt post on Twitter, Lafferty admitted it was ‘one of the biggest mistakes’ of his career leaving the Gers after winning three Scottish Premiership titles.
“So the day has came. I get to live that dream every young boy from Northern Ireland has,” he said.
“6 years ago I made one of the biggest mistakes I could of made and every day I regretted it.
“Iv watched videos after videos of me wearing that blue shirt and scoring goals that brought the title home on 3 different occasions but never thought I would come close to wearing the jersey as a player ever again.
“Well that day has come and fingers cross I will pull on the most famous jersey in the world tomorrow night.
“You will get a better player than my first time around and some one who will give 110% for the shirt and more important knows what is need to bring 55 home.
“To get the chance to work under the gaffer and his coaching staff and to be involved in what we are going to achieve was to good to turn down.”
Lafferty will be hoping to get the nod to start tonight’s Europa League qualifier, and with 20 goals in 67 caps for Northern Ireland, it’s easy to see why Gerrard has no qualms about his new signing leading the line on his own or being a strike partner for Alfredo Morelos.
Gerrard said: “It gives me the option to play with two number nines up front and lots of other options that excite me.
“There’s no risk with him performing in front of the crowds and dealing with the demands of the club and he brings vital experience to us.
“He ticks all the boxes in terms of what I want from a frontman.
“I’m a big fan of his. He’s a Rangers nut and knows what this club is about and is desperate to be a success.”