In such a short space of time (two weeks, in fact), Lafferty emerged as the beacon of hope for many Rangers fans.
A hope that this tough, fast, technically efficient striker would lead us to the title while his main rival in the team (Kris Boyd) looked more and more sour-faced and frustrated as even the one thing that he does have in his locker, goals, seemed to be drying up.
Lafferty genuinely and visibly cherished the time on the pitch, which seemed to be finally endearing him to the Ibrox faithful, and no shortage of quality helped too. This enthusiasm was never more obvious than his storming first half against Hearts. Boyd, take note.
So. What now?
I'm not sure. What I do know is that we need someone else to carry on where big Kyle left off. I think it is time for the Boyd that stuck two fingers up to Burley to reappear; at that time, he was on a one-man mission to prove the Scotland coach wrong, and whatever you may think of his attitude in the Burley affair, he showed he cared and that he could play.
We need this man to step up and cherish his time at Rangers. Players with far more quality than him have failed to show that they deserve to pull on that famous blue shirt. Boyd needs to realize that he deserves nothing; he needs to earn it, and he needs to want it.
I don't see the answers in the other forwards we have. Miller doesn't have the goals to lead the line himself, but has worked harder than anyone to justify a place up front, and he needs some else to play alongside.
Novo also hasn't found consistency in his time at Rangers to keep himself in the team; for every game he is playable, he has an equally frustrating one. I also do not think we can ask Fleck to carry our hopes up front at his age, either.
So. Can Boyd carry the weight of the Rangers supporters' beliefs?
I think he can; he's arrogant enough. I believe Boyd will be the man we need, but only if he begins to cherish his time here, because, in turn, the fans will cherish it too.