CAPTAIN Lee Wallace has praised Martyn Waghorn and not just for his goals – he actually thinks his defending has been more important to Rangers’ cause.

The left-back has stressed how crucial defending from the front and attacking from the back has been to the side’s eight game winning running in the Championship.

In total Rangers have netted 28 goals in the league, conceding just four and both of those figures have been equally contributed to by the striker with 11 goals – according to Wallace.

The 28-year-old said: “It was important that Waggy played football and he is still a young lad with bags of potential and he’s settled in with the rest of the lads and done ever so well.

“Credit to him he has chipped in with the goals but it is his all-round game that has been the most pleasing thing for the team.

“What he brings to the team – his work rate, his touch, his technique and his technical ability is great, you see that in training every day and he has an obvious eye for goal.

“He is right up there in the scoring charts but his main focus is what he can bring to the team and his work rate off the ball, which again starts with him.

“The way we play is that we defend from the front and attack from the back and he is a main part of that.

“He is a difficult opponent to come up against in training, whether it’s in small sided games or the possession based stuff we do.

“Out of possession he is a main part of our team, how he starts the press and the defensive side of our work as well.”

As a player who sets the highest of standards for himself and his team, Wallace was as disappointed as anyone by the Light Blues exit from the League Cup.

But he led the team to an emphatic victory at Morton on Sunday; a game which saw Rangers three goals up inside 34 minutes.

The captain said: “We got back to our usual standards at Morton; there was the flowing style of football and the tempo we like.

“It was back to the way we enjoy playing football and teams find it difficult to play against and we have to look to maintain those standards for longer periods of the game now.

“Every opposing manager needs to be wary of us getting a hold in a game because we will look to react from it.

“That is certainly the mind-set; As soon as we score one we’re going to go on for the second and try and score three, four and five.

“We know that won’t be the case every week but that is the mind-set and drive that we look to take into games.

“The opening periods in games are big because it seems other team’s tactics are going to be to sit deep in defence and look to try and counter us so we know that and we’re aware of that.

“Getting an early goal forces the opposing team to come out to us and we’ll earn our space and do what we do best.”

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