‘The kit man is crying, we’ve let you down… but can you let the lads go?’: Kyle Lafferty fronts up to angry Kilmarnock fans protesting outside Rugby Park after relegation from the Scottish Premiership
- Kilmarnock went down after a 2-1 defeat by Dundee at Rugby Park on Monday
- Relegation ends Kilmarnock’s 28-year stay in the Scottish Premiership
- Lafferty scored a penalty for Kilmarnock in the defeat but his goal was in vain
Kilmarnock’s Kyle Lafferty fronted up to a group of angry fans outside their Rugby Park stadium in the aftermath of their relegation from the Scottish Premiership on Monday night.
Lafferty’s side were defeated 2-1 by Dundee in the second leg of the play-off, bringing an end to their 28-year stay in Scotland’s top flight with a 4-2 aggregate defeat.
A group of angry fans stayed outside the stadium after the match to outline their anger and Lafferty came out to speak to them and ask them to move.
Kyle Lafferty fronted up to angry Kilmarnock fans after the club’s relegation on Monday
In a video captured by one of the supporters, the 33-year-old Lafferty 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 ten years. The kit man 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 former Rangers and Hearts man fronting up appeared to go down well with the Kilmarnock fans.
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!!’
Lafferty scored a 69th minute penalty in the defeat but it was not enough for Kilmarnock
The 33-year-old cut a dejected figure upon leaving the pitch following the defeat by Dundee
Lafferty scored a 69th minute penalty in the 2-1 defeat on Monday night. Speaking after the match, Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright said: ‘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.’
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