By Dominic Toner
Martyn Waghorn was forced off injured in Ranger’s 1-1 draw against Hamilton on Saturday – and fans are worried about losing their main goalscorer.
The forward scored the equaliser for his team in their Scottish Premiership curtainraiser but had to leave the pitch with 10 minutes remaining with a suspected hamstring injury, leaving Rangers to play out the rest of the match with 10 men.
Waghorn had cancelled out Ali Crawford’s strike for Hamilton with a 62nd minute strike before breaking down.
Twitter has reacted to the injury with some concern amid fears the club could suffer in the coming weeks without their talisman.
Here are a selection of the messages:
— Shibboleth. (@Spangles1892) August 6, 2016
Oh well. That was rubbish. Waghorn’s injury a real worry though.
— John McDougall (@MrMcDiddle) August 6, 2016
1-1 home draw against the worst team in the league and we’re gonna miss Waghorn for a few weeks minimum. Not an ideal start.
— Aran (@AranNicolWHUFC) August 6, 2016
Waghorn going to be massive loss over the next few games ?
— Kyle Shentall (@fabE_Kyle) August 6, 2016
Far more damaging than the result is that injury to Waghorn. A bad day at the office, but a reality check for many.
— Danny Chalmers (@chalmers_danny) August 6, 2016
Waghorn better not be out for long??
— hannah (@hannaahmcnab) August 6, 2016
This’ll be a big test of our board & ability to back manager financially. Waghorn is massive blow & we need to be buying proven replacement
— Johnny (@Northernger) August 6, 2016
That’s a huge blow to see Waghorn come off injured
— Robbie Dunion (@robbiedunion) August 6, 2016
With waghorn possibly out for a few weeks Warbs should be having a chat with king after this match get the cheque book out sir !
— Ian McNeil (@IanMcNeil1) August 6, 2016
Waghorn injury means we definitely need a striker who can hit ground running now. Few question marks about that performance unfortunately.
— Gordon Watson (@Gordon_Watson) August 6, 2016
The forward had an excellent 2015-16 season, topping the Rangers’ scoring charts with 20 in the league and 28 in all competitions.
Waghorn previously had spells in English football, most notably at Leicester City and Wigan Athletic during his earlier years.
He will be hoping to replicate his recent form in Scotland’s top-flight and is off the mark already in the golden boot race, but could be handicapped if he is ruled out for a few weeks.
Mark Warburton has several options to replace Waghorn including Kenny Miller, Josh Windass and Joe youngster Dodoo, however they will be trying to fill very big shoes.
In other Rangers team news, devastated Windass has revealed why he was not in the squad to face Hamilton.