Northern Ireland star Kyle Lafferty is fighting to save his career after a video emerged on social media of the striker making alleged sectarian remarks.
The Irish FA is set to drop 34-year-old Ian Barraclough from the squad ahead of Saturday’s Nations League, after his club Kilmarnock announced they had launched an investigation into the incident.
Footage posted online, which has been widely circulated, shows a man approach Lafferty in a bar and appear to ask for a photo which the former Rangers man happily poses for.
As the ‘fan’ walks away he is seen saying “Up the Celts” directly at Lafferty who turns his head away before responding with an allegedly sectarian and offensive comment.
An Irish FA source told the Belfast Telegraph: “It’s a complete set-up, but you can’t respond with that kind of language. This is terrible. “
It is understood Lafferty met manager Barraclough on Thursday night to discuss his actions in the video.
Lafferty is Northern Ireland’s second highest male goalscorer with 20 goals in 85 appearances although he last found the net for his country in 2016.
He signed a new one-year deal with Kilmarnock in May.