GERS boss Graeme Murty has been thrilled with Martyn Waghorn’s recent goalscoring form, with four goals in the last five games helping to boost the South Shields striker’s confidence.

Waggy found the net in Murty’s first game in charge as caretaker boss against Morton in the Scottish Cup on February 12 having not been on the scoresheet in the Light Blues’ previous seven outings.

That goal against The Ton was undoubtedly a weight off the shoulders for the club’s number 33, who has now taken his season’s tally to 14 with further strikes against Inverness, St Johnstone and Hamilton in recent weeks.

Murty has been delighted with Waghorn’s contribution since he was put in temporary charge of the squad.

He said: “All footballers are confidence players; some people get confidence through playing more than one game in a row, some people get it by putting an arm around the shoulder, some people come and chap on your office door to come and talk to you.

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“I think the more and more I get into this job and this art of coaching it’s about understanding people and understanding your relationship with them and how it can impactful to them.

Martyn and I have a good relationship and hopefully that’s had a benefit to him, but he’ll be happy, and all players will be happy, if they are playing and doing well.

“So we have to ensure that we give these opportunities to the players.”

After five games at the helm, Murty admits he is learning so much working with the first team at Rangers, and that includes the importance of man-management.

Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “I said to them at the start, if I ever do anything that upsets you or annoys you, my doors there, come and talk to me because I’m learning by you and I’m learning about how you work and I don’t have all of the answers.

“I would like to have all the answers and the only way I’m going to get them is if you come and talk to me about how you are experiencing it and they’ve been really good, they’ve been really good.

“If there is anything I have done that they’ve been upset by, they come and talk to me about it which I can say has been really beneficial to myself and I think to the players.

“So I would recommend that wherever I go from this, that relationship with players as people is much more important I feel if you are going to get the best out of people.”

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