MARTYN Waghorn is working towards a fitness target and that is playing against Celtic in April – whether that is possible comes down, in part, to the next 10 days.
The striker is six weeks into his recovery from left knee ligament damage and should start running next week, which indicates he is ahead of schedule at this stage.
But Gers top scorer stressed he will only pull on a blue jersey when he is certain he is at the peak of fitness and will take no risks in rushing his rehab.
Waghorn said: “The last six or so weeks have been tough, playing Dundee in the cup game and then knowing we have Celtic coming up – hopefully I can get fit and in contention for that.
“If everything goes well then there is a chance I could be involved against Celtic but that is just if everything goes spot on.”
“I have to be 100% ready – I want to push myself but I don’t want to push myself too far in case we get further on in the competition or rule myself out of the latter stages of the season. So I’ll push myself but I have to be cautious too.
“I’m a little bit ahead of schedule. It is going well but I don’t want to say it is going great until I can go outside because I haven’t tested it as much, we’ll know more in the next week to 10 days about whether I am ready to come back.”
“Hopefully next week I will be allowed outside, I can start running on the treadmill then so the next 10 days will be important.
“You will definitely see me in a Rangers shirt before the end of the season; I want to be back by then.”
“How much I will be able to contribute in games I don’t know but I’ll hopefully be out there soon.”
The 26-year-old picked up his injury against Kilmarnock back in February and has been confined to pool, gym and strength work so far.
Waghorn now believes he is actually fitter in many ways than when he was firing in his 28 goals earlier this season.
“In terms of my leg, my strength and my upper body I do feel fitter.”
“Fitness wise I obviously will have lost some but I have been doing a lot of stuff on the bike, the cross trainer and in the pool to try and maintain as much as I can.
“When I go outside hopefully I won’t have lost too much fitness that I’m left behind the rest of the squad.
“I’m at the six week stage so I can start a lot more flexion in my knee and doing a lot more gym work and get a lot more movement in it.”
“So that means that when I do go outside I’m not too far behind in terms of running style, technique and little bits and bobs like that.
“It’s a bit technical and a bit fancy but I am getting there and it won’t be too long until I can start running.”