By Will Butcher
Martyn Waghorn is feeling a “lot more comfortable” as he prepares to undergo a scan on his hamstring injury, according to Mark Warburton.
The Gers’ attacking spearhead scored Rangers first goal in their Scottish Premiership return on Saturday but pulled up through injury soon afterwards in the 1-1 draw against Hamilton. since they were banished to the fourth tier of Scottish football on Saturday.
In a press conference on Monday, Rangers boss Mark Warburton revealed that Waghorn was set to have a scan on Tuesday, thus ruling him out of the club’s Betfred Cup game against Peterhead on the same night.
“‘He’s having a scan (on Tuesday). He’s recovering well, hopefully,” Warburton said, as quoted by the Mail. “Whether it was nerve-related, we will have to wait and see.
“You can’t tell but he certainly feels a lot more comfortable last couple of days than immediately after the incident, so hopefully it has calmed down.”
Waghorn himself revealed via his Twitter account on Saturday evening that he hoped the injury wasn’t a serious one, and remained largely upbeat about the situation.
Thank u for all the messages!! Gutted I had 2 come off. Hopefully it's nothing 2 serious ??! Fans were amazing, we go again next week ????⚽️
— Martyn Waghorn (@MWaghorn33) August 6, 2016
Waghorn will be expected to play a leading role in the team as they battle to reclaim their place at the summit of Scottish football after convincingly winning the Scottish Championship last season.
The former Wigan striker had a brilliant debut campaign, scoring 28 goals in 36 matches in all competitions before injury curtailed his season.
The 26-year-old has also started the 2016-17 campaign on fire, with five goals in Rangers’ opening four matches, including four in three League Cup matches.
With Waghorn ruled out, new signing Joe Dodoo could be given a chance to start up-front for Rangers following his move from Premier League champions Leicester City.
In other Rangers news, this Gers favourite has rubbished reports linking him with a move to rivals Celtic.