IT’S very rare you come across a footballer that hasn’t dreamed of scoring in a Cup Final – and Martyn Waghorn is no different.
After a frustrating injury lay-off which saw him miss the clinching of the Championship, the Petrofac Cup final win and the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic, the 28-goal striker is ready to play his part in this week’s Scottish Cup final with Hibernian.
After returning to action in the last league match with St Mirren and then playing the bulk of last week’s friendly win over Tottenham Hotspur where he also scored, Waghorn hopes he has done enough to convince boss Mark Warburton that he is worthy of a starting place.
Speaking at today’s press conference, Waghorn explained: “I’m fit and ready. I’ve had a good few weeks training under my belt and then the Spurs game gave me the chance to get 80 minutes, so I’m raring to go.
“That was a high-intensity game. It was perfect for me and showed I can keep up with the game. I was tired towards the end but it wasn’t anything that wasn’t normal. To get a goal was nice and it was great preparation for Saturday.
“I’m excited about it and have been looking forward to this for the last few weeks. I’ve done all I can in training so it’s up to the manager to decide if I’m in the team.
“Every player who plays in a Cup Final dreams of scoring a goal – and I’ve certainly done that. In the last couple of days I’ve been like a big kid thinking about the game and imagining lifting the trophy.
“It’s going to be a big ask, but if we play our game, we should be OK. It’s a Cup Final though and anything can happen.”
The Cup Final will bring the curtain down on what has been a long season, but having missed a fair chunk of it through injury, Waghorn admits pre-season training cannot come soon enough.
He added: “I had an 11 week lay-off, so I don’t really want the season to end what with me coming back. I’m looking forward to Saturday, and luckily we only have three and a half weeks off.
“Some boys may want longer, but I’m just desperate to get back and start the season, but we have a big job to do on Saturday so I’m just so hungry to play a part.”