FORMER Rangers and Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty has shared his bumper bonus for escaping relegation with his team mates at his Norwegian club.

The 32-year-old surprisingly joined Sarpsborg in August in a desperate bid to save them from relegation. The Northern Ireland international was on a substantial personal bonus if he helped save them from the drop.

His club's 0-0 draw with Lillestrom meant they escaped relegation and the far-travelled striker received a chunky windfall as part of his deal.

But generous Lafferty decided to share it with his Sarpsborg colleagues rather than pocketing the cash for himself.

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Sarpsborg defender Niklas Gunnarsson said: "Kyle told us before the match that if we managed to avoid relegation he would share the bonus. It was a nice gesture."

The club's manager Geir Bakke said: "Yes, I've heard about this! But that's Kyle for you - he's crazy and wonderful."

And captain Joachim Thomassen said: "It was a generous and kind contribution from Kyle. But remember, he can afford it!

"Kyle has a slightly different CV than most people, but he's a fantastic guy.

"It's been fun to play with him and he's been fantastic for a club like Sarpsborg.

"We have a bit of cash in the pot now, so I'm looking forward to having a night out."