MARTYN WAGHORN has been back in goalscoring form in recent weeks, with his penalty strike against Hamilton Academical on Saturday his fifth goal in the last seven games for Rangers.
Since Graeme Murty’s first game in charge of the Light Blues against Morton in the Scottish Cup on Feb 12, the South Shields striker has retained his place in the starting eleven and taken his goals tally for the season to 15 following his spot-kick strike against Martin Canning’s men.
After winning the penalty following a clumsy challenge in the 18-yard box, the club’s number 33 dusted himself down before slamming his low shot straight down the middle with Accies keeper Gary Woods diving early and helplessly to his right.
And speaking exclusively to RangersTV, fans favourite Waggy was thrilled to net his side’s third goal in an impressive 4-0 home victory.
He said: “Yeah it was nice. I was ready to pull the trigger and I was through on goal with a clear shot, so I was disappointed not to score from that situation.
But it was nice to get the penalty and to cap off a good game with a goal is pleasing, and to keep my run going in terms of scoring against Hamilton as well which I keep getting reminded of.
“But yeah it was just nice to get the third and build on that as well was very pleasing.”
After Emerson Hyndman and Clint Hill had scored in the first half, it was left to Lee Wallace to make it 4-0 in the 74th minute when he lashed the ball past Woods from a tight angle after Waghorn’s superb flick provided the perfect assist.
Martyn was delighted that the Gers skipper was on target before he reported for international duty with Scotland this week.
He said: “The skip gives you that presence down the wing, he always motors up and down and him and Baz have a good connection.
“He always chips in with a goal now and then so he fully deserved the call-up.
“He sometimes goes under the radar a bit doesn’t he, but I think his performances, he’s so solid and gives you a lot attacking as well.
“So it’s fully deserved and it capped off a nice day.”
Despite the international break in domestic fixtures, Waghorn and his Rangers teammates will be in at the club’s training ground every day this week.
The first team and under-20 players will also be involved in a behind closed door bounce game on Saturday as Pedro Caixinha continues to get to know his squad.
Waghorn believes this will be an important period as the manager looks to build on the 4-0 victory over Accies which gave him the best possible start to his Gers career.
He said “It was important that we did finish this little period with a win.
The last two or three weeks we have picked up some really good results and really built on what Murts put into the squad, that high intensity, pressing style.
“To have the win was really nice going into this two-week period with the new manager so he can get his ideas across, work with the team and we’re going to play the game next Saturday against the 20s just to maybe to try a few things out and see different players in different positions and work on stuff this week.
“So it’s going to be tough but we knew it was going to be like this. It’s important you get on board with it, you work hard and it can only benefit us in the long run.
“The training we have done this week and last week when he come in has been brilliant.
“Everyone has really enjoyed it and I think that is the main thing, if it’s tough but it’s with a ball you can enjoy it and it makes it all the better.”