By Danny Wright
Martyn Waghorn is set to leave Rangers after a £1million sale was agreed with English Championship side Ipswich, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Light Blues have accepted the seven-figure bid for the 27-year-old attacker, who missed the Scottish Premiership opener against Motherwell on Sunday through suspension.
It is understood that Sunderland were keen on re-signing Waghorn, but it appears that Rangers are on the verge of striking more business with Ipswich after Joe Garner secured a move to Portman Road earlier this summer.
Waghorn has just a year left on his contract at Ibrox, and it appears that he is being moved on in order to re-garner some of the funds spent on Pedro Caixinha’s summer overhaul of the squad, which has seen the former England youth international forced down the pecking order.
The ex-Wigan and Leicester attacker wasn’t needed as the Gers won 2-1 at Motherwell on Sunday courtesy of a brace from Graham Dorrans, and he was also left on the bench in the humiliating defeat at Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League last month.
Waghorn scored 44 goals and supplied 17 assists in a total of 76 appearances across all competitions for Rangers.
Football Insider Verdict
Ipswich appear to know how to strike up business with Rangers, and they will no doubt be hoping that Waghorn can get off to a good start to life back in England, much like Garner did when he scored the winner against Birmingham on his debut for the club. Waghorn has struggled to earn the affection of the Ibrox faithful and has also failed to make a mark on Caixinha, despite his rather decent goal scoring record in Glasgow. The former England Under-21 international could do well for Ipswich and it’ll be good for him to be working alongside a familiar face in Garner. The £1million received by the Gers is also a decent fee and could either be used to add another player to the squad.