MARTYN WAGHORN says the Rangers team need no motivation going into Saturday’s final Old Firm of the season as the striker admits the Gers have a point to prove.
The Light Blues are yet to beat Celtic this season but the 27-year-old insists his side must jump on the chances a “big game” throws up and try and hurt their city rivals.
Waghorn started Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final and confesses the Gers have learnt from their poor showing at Hampden.
Speaking to the media at the Rangers Training Centre he said: “We’re going into Saturday in front of 50,000 at Ibrox with a big point to prove and it’s set up to be, hopefully, a good game.
“I understand we’ve not won against Celtic yet this season but here is always going to be a time and there is always going to be someone who is going to beat them and you have to be positive going into these big game.
“We are a Rangers team that has targets for the end of the season and we want to pick up another three points and try claw back second place.
“Regardless of it being the Old Firm, which everybody knows is a huge game and everyone wants to win but it’s another chance to get three points.
“In these big games anything can happen at any time, you have to stay in, stay in touch and when the chance comes you have to take it.
“It’s been a good week of training and we are all exciting for Saturday, if you are not excited for these games then you are in the wrong sport.
“You don’t need any motivation for Saturday, at home in front of the fans and we will be getting at them.”
Much has been made of Pedro Caixinha’s proposed summer schedule for his players and Waghorn was asked his views on the squad’s time off by the media on Thursday.
He said: “There has been a lot made of the time off over the past day or so and yeah it is short and it’s not ideal but it happens and we are back for good reason.
“We are back early because the European schedule dictates it but you just have to get your feet up for ten days and then get back to it.
“I am more excited about the prospect of being in Europe and it is one of those things that you’ve just got to get on with.
“You come to Rangers to play in these competitions and it is just the way the fixtures fall but you can’t go into a busy European schedule not prepared.
“The time off has all been worked out strategically and you just have to deal with it.
“Luckily my wedding was a couple of years ago so that saved that problem! I always leave booking my holidays late because you never know what can happen so I’ve not had to cancel anything.”