MARTYN WAGHORN has had to wait patiently for a starting slot in the Rangers team – and gaffer Mark Warburton was so pleased to see him grab it with both hands.
Waghorn hit a double in Gers 2-1 win away to Hamilton last night – his first league goals since netting against the Accies on the opening day of the season – and Warburton pointed to a number of his men who are having to bide their time awaiting an opportunity.
The manager explained: “It’s great for Waggy. He’s been patient and there are players in the squad who have to be patient. He’s worked hard in training, was very good yesterday and came in tonight and there is nothing we don’t know about him.
“He is fit, can cut in, is bright, shows great technique, so we are delighted for him. He will be the first to say it’s about the team, and now the focus goes onto the Inverness game on the 24th.”
Warburton mentioned after last weekend’s defeat of Hearts how many of his men had turned in a top performance, and he was pleased to see so many of his stars repeat the feat tonight.
He continued: “They were, and don’t forget, for us to turn around and have guys like Matt Gilks, Phillipe Senderos, Clint Hill, Michael O’Halloran, Joe Dodoo, Kenny Miller all on the bench – to have that quality right the way from front to back is very, very pleasing.
“Harry came on tonight, Waggy got 75 minutes which we hope was the right call, so the squad is strong and it was really pleasing for us.
“It’s not a headache, and the players know that. We trust every player and have absolute belief in the players, and they have got to know that. You can’t have a squad where there are 21,22 players and you only rely on 13 or 14 of them. If you don’t trust your players they shouldn’t be in your squad.
“So we have absolute belief wherever we play, and to turn round and see these guys, it’s great to have that strength in depth. What we have to do now is for the boys to go and enjoy their weekend away which they have earned. They deserve it and should go and enjoy themselves, but from Monday on, the focus is very much on Saturday and delivering a performance.”
Gers now move on to face Inverness Caley Thistle on Christmas Eve with Warburton expecting another tough test.
He added: “Again, it’s one game at a time. People say to me “you can now enjoy Inverness” – no. They are a very, very good team and are very well-managed. We know they have the strength in depth and we have to compete and make sure we deliver a level of performance.
“It’s the next three points, and that’s what we have to do. Grind them down one at a time and forget St Johnstone, forget Celtic – they don’t matter yet. Right now, everything is on Inverness.”