He’s worked with him once before at Rangers – now Chris Burke is backing Kyle Lafferty to shine at Kilmarnock as they hunt Premiership survival.

Chris Burke provided the cross for a Kilmarnock equaliser as the Ayrshire side ended their scoreless run of five games against Dundee United. A 1-1 draw also gave Killie their first point in eight games and a crucial one as they aim to avoid relegation.

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A weekend assist for the former Rangers man. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As one of the more experienced players in the squad, Burke knows what he and his teammates need to do to avoid the dreaded drop: “I firmly believe that if you watched that game you would see that we were firmly in control of it from the beginning until the end, especially in the second half.

“From our point of view, it was promising I think getting a goal from a set-play as well was good because the manager has been working on it since day one. But hopefully we can do more and carry that and start scoring from open play.

“I think recently we were just trying to find that last piece of the jigsaw and I think it came to fruition. That’s due to the work that we have done through the week and the manager will probably say that what he’s worked on, he was delighted with it.”

Kyle Lafferty started for the first time since joining Killie as a free agent. Burke believes in his old Rangers teammate and thinks the goals will arrive soon: “Obviously, he’s got talent and he’s a great character as well. He’s got a great personality about the group.

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Kilmarnock difference maker. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Sometimes when you’re in a situation like this it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but when you’ve got a character like that in the changing room, he lifts the players and gives them energy. I’m sure if we keep him fit, he could score a couple goals before the end of the season.

“I have trained with him before and he has got bags of talent and ability. It’s just a case of trying to get the best out of him. Obviously he’s been away to places and sometimes it just doesn’t work for you. It may be through no fault of his own but he’s back now and hopefully he’s settled, and he looks like he’s happy.”

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