MARTYN WAGHORN was thrilled to repay caretaker boss Graeme Murty with a goal after he gave the striker a start in the Scottish Cup.
Waghorn tapped home on the hour mark to take his tally to 11 for the season after 48 hours of what he described as “uncertainty” for the playing squad.
The 27-year-old revealed he used to play against stand in boss Murty in England and hopes his latest goal sparks a positive run to the end of season in front of goal.
Waghorn told RangersTV: “I know Murts from playing against him in the past and helping him out with the Under 20s, he is a really good guy and I have a lot of respect and time for him.
“I appreciate getting the call to start and it is always nice to repay a manager with a goal.
“As a striker you want to be playing, getting chances and scoring goals and for me it was crucial after a difficult six or seven months this season to do that.
“We have touched on that before and it was nice to get back in there and hopefully I can keep working hard, stay in the side and really kick on to into the second half of the season.
“I have a lot to improve on, I was a little bit rusty towards the end and getting a bit tired but that is probably just lack of game time.
“I felt it was coming and I felt comfortable back down the middle in the final 20 minutes and it was nice to get that chance to work with Kenny. There are positives signs for me so onwards and upwards.”
Waghorn and the rest of the squad found out about Mark Warburton’s departure on Friday evening as news broke and the Gers top scorer confessed the team had to pull together quickly to cope with the change.
He said: “First and foremost it was important that we got the win, it was a bit scrappy and a bit messy at times but after a difficult 48 hours it was important that we got out there, won and gave us a chance to get back together as a team going into Dundee at the weekend.
“Everyone yesterday felt a bit of uncertainty but today everyone knew their roles that they had to play.
“We had to pull together and it is important that you work for each other because it is going to be difficult, there is going to be doubters and there is going to be a lot of stick coming our way.
“It was important we stuck together as a team, worked hard and got the win.
“There is the uncertainty of what is going to happen next; who is going to come in? Is Murts going to take it full time or what? There is that air of uncertainty; whether you are playing, are you in or are you out.
“It is a bit difficult but it is important that you just get your head down and everyone essentially has a clean slate and it is time to pull together as a team and go forward.”