MARTYN WAGHORN has thanked Graeme Murty for giving him the chance to start scoring again after he increased his tally to 14 for the season.

The striker had only scored twice since September before the caretaker boss took the reins in mid-February and now he’s netted four in the five games Murty has been in charge.

Waghorn fired the Gers ahead from the penalty spot to start off a six goal drubbing of Hamilton which sent the Light Blues flying into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

The 27-year-old said:

“For me personally Graeme has done a fantastic job, he has spoken to me, encouraged me and given me that opportunity which I have been desperate for so I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“Obviously he has been put in a difficult situation but he has rallied the boys around. It was a bit slow at first and it took a couple of weeks for everyone to get going.

“But over the last two games what he has implemented has really shown – the way we have been playing, the dynamic  movement, the sharpness and two wins on the bounce has been great.

“It is nice to keep scoring goals, at the start of the season I was in and out and it was a bit stop start so it is nice to be playing and get the run of games that I feel that I needed.

“As a striker you need continuity, you need games and thankfully the gaffer has given me that and put a bit of trust in me and hopefully I am repaying him.”

Rangers’ emphatic win over Accies was their second victory of the week and Waghorn knows focus on a cup semi-final must wait until April.

The Gers travel across Glasgow to take on their city rivals next Sunday and the club’s top goal scorer stressed they must capitalise on their recent displays.

Waghorn said:  “It was vitally important that we built on Wednesday evening and while we started well it was just a bit one tempo and I think we could have raised it a bit.

“It was important we got the first goal and it kicked on from there and it is nice to keep on winning, plus we’re through to the next round which is vitally important.

“It has been long overdue to win like this, there have been games where we have dominated the ball, where we have had chances and we haven’t been clinical enough. It was only a matter of time before we got five or six.

“It is important that we build on that now going into training next week ready for next weekend.

“It is huge for the club to get to the semi-final and for everyone involved and for the fans to still be competing for a trophy is the least that we can do for them.

“It is important we focus on next weekend first but we are still looking forward to a semi-final which is always nice to take part in.”

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