By Dominic Toner

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes that Martyn Waghorn has had to be patient waiting for his opportunity to impress in the first team.

The 26-year-old forward took that chance on Friday night as the Gers completed a narrow 2-1 away victory against Hamilton in the league clash.

Waghorn scored a brace for the visitors, the first a well-placed header into the top corner, he then doubled his tally with a simple finish from a Lee Wallace cross.

Rangers currently have a firm grip on second-place in the league table and are eight points behind leaders Celtic, who have played three games less.

Warburton claims that he is fully aware of Waghorn’s goalscoring qualities and he deserved the success against Hamilton.

“It’s great for Waggy. He’s been patient and there are players in the squad who have to be patient,” Warburton said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “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.”

Waghorn has very much been on the fringes of the Rangers squad this season and has been behind the likes of Joe Dodoo, Kenny Miller and Joe Garner in the pecking order.

The striker has now scored three goals in the league this season and the other came on the opening day of the season against Hamilton.

He scored seven goals in five games during the club’s run to the League Cup semi-finals, but has been unable to show his form from last season on a regular basis.

Waghorn was a crucial player in the club’s promotion from the Scottish Championship last season, scoring 28 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions.

The Englishman will hope to retain his starting place on Saturday as Rangers face Inverness in the league.

In other Rangers news, Warburton has shared his plans to strengthen a position in the January transfer window.