BEAMING from ear to ear it was clear Martyn Waghorn enjoyed netting a brace which he declared “a long time coming” on his return to the Rangers starting line-up.

The striker had last started a game two months ago for the Light Blues and made a thundering impact as Mark Warburton handing him a spot at Hamilton, scoring either side of half-time.

Waghorn says he is now focussed on retaining his place moving into a busy festive period which culminates in Celtic’s visit to Ibrox.

The 26-year-old said: “Personally I am very pleased to get back in and get a couple of goals. It has been a long time coming so it was nice to be back and it was a good three points away from home.

“I didn’t necessarily have a point to prove but it was about staking my claim for my starting place in the team.

“It was nice to get in, do my job and take the three points home, which is the most important thing.

“I wanted to make an impact and hopefully I have done that.

“I have done what I needed to do, played well, scored goals and technically that is what you need to do so I am pleased with my day’s job but I need to get back working hard and try and keep my place in the team.

““The aim is to still be in the starting line-up come Celtic but that is up to me to keep my place, keep working hard , do my bits on the training pitch and when it comes to Saturday I have to do my job.

“It was crucial to get that win tonight to keep the momentum going approaching a busy schedule.

“It is always nice to win games back to back and playing for Rangers you need to do that so it was important that we built on the two good performances that we produced at home.

“It would be nice to keep the winning run going, having a week or so off in January will be difficult but to get a good couple of wins and performances under our belt before then is key.

“It is positive that we go into the Christmas schedule off the back of a couple of good wins.”

Waghorn slotted onto the right of Warburton’s forward line with Joe Garner and Barrie McKay making up the rest of Rangers attacking trio.

Last season’s top goal scorer admits he has had to adapt to playing with summer signing Garner but thinks the blend is starting to come right, as he heaped praise on his fellow striker.

Waghorn continued “Joe is a completely different character than I was used to playing with last season, he throws himself about, works hard and battles for the ball.

“He gives us chances to win second balls high up on the pitch so he works hard for the team, you can see that in the last few weeks and the fans love it.

“It is something to build on going forward, Joe is a good lad and he puts his heart and soul in for the boys.”

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