The Gers midfielder has scored three from open play including his first on his debut against Hibs, but he was nearly the club’s penalty taker at the start of the season which could have taken him to double figures.

Martyn Waghorn scored his seventh penalty of the season against Morton yesterday and as the Gers midfielder explained to RangersTV after the match, he was nearly given the duty from the spot.

He said: “We spent some time practising them at the start of the season and it was actually between myself and him over who was to be our penalty taker, but the gaffer gave it to him.

“I don’t think I’ll get them back but I’m not bothered, as long as he has that conversion rate. You never know, if he gets subbed and we get a penalty then I might get one. He practices every day and he thoroughly deserves it, so long may it continue.”

Waghorn has been unstoppable from the spot this season, converting each of the seevn chances that he’s had and Halliday says that it could have been more with the way the Gers attack teams.

He continued, “Other people might look at it and talk about the number of penalties we’ve had, but that’s because of the way we play in and around the box. There’s maybe some that we haven’t been given too, but we’ll just need to take the ones we have been and it’s down to the extravagant attacking play that we have.”

Halliday was full of praise for English striker Waghorn who bagged his fourteenth goal in thirteen games for the club in the win over Morton, “As I said after the match at Dumbarton, he’s been different class for us.

“He’s now scored goals for us, a magnificent return when you consider we’re still in September. I’m sure he will have set himself some targets at the start of the season and he’ll maybe need to reschedule them as he’s been hitting them really quickly.”

Attentions for the Gers will now turn towards preparing for a top of the table clash at Ibrox against Peter Houston’s Falkirk side, with Halliday saying the team are looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “It’s going to be a massive game for us. We’ve nine points ahead of them just now, so it’d be a chance to go twelve points clear.

“If you offered us to be twelve points clear of our closest rivals come the start of October then you’d have snatched their hand off. It’s a big game next week and it’s important that we keep that league run going and we’re all looking forward to it.”

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