I want to be at Rangers next season - striker shares transfer plans
By Alex Stevens
Martyn Waghorn has insisted that he is keen to extend his contract at Rangers even though talks on a new deal have reportedly stalled.
The striker has failed to recapture his prolific form of last season after making the step up to the Scottish Premiership but has still scored 15 goals this season.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is continuing to assess his squad ahead of the summer transfer window, when he has been promised to re-shape the squad in his own image.
One of the players whose future is in doubt is Waghorn, whose contract at Ibrox expires in the summer of 2018.
The Glasgow Evening Times report that the striker held talks over an extension to his Rangers deal stalled earlier in the season but an agreement was not reached.
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However, the player himself is in no doubt that he wants to rebuff the possibility of a summer transfer and remain at Rangers next season.
Asked for an update on his contract situation, Waghorn told the Evening Times: “Nothing at the minute. I am just focusing on playing and staying in the team and that is all I can do at the minute.
“I have still got 15 months left on it. There is no rush. I am more than happy here. I would love to stay. I love this place. I am enjoying challenging for trophies.”
There was reported interest from Championship clubs Bristol City and Fulham during the January window and Leeds and Nottingham Forest have also been linked with interest in Waghorn.
The 27-year-old former Sunderland, Leicester and Wigan player slipped down the pecking order in the final months under Mark Warburton but was reinvigorated by the management of caretaker Graeme Murty and has started all five matches under Caixinha.
Waghorn has watched Rob Kiernan, Wes Foderingham and James Tavernier get improved deals this season amid reports he wanted a wage increase to put him on a par with big earners Niko Kranjcar and Joe Garner.
The striker moved to Ibrox in the summer of 2015 and had an excellent debut campaign as he spearheaded Rangers’ Championship triumph and return to the top flight with 28 goals.
He has been less effective this season, scoring just six times in 27 league matches, although eight cup encounters have yielded a further nine goals.
In other Rangers transfer news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth deal.