By Danny Wright
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has made it clear that he is happy to have “nicked” Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner from Rangers this summer.
The former Republic of Ireland international also aimed a cheeky dig at the Light Blues as he compared his swoop of the two attackers to when he helped Celtic win the 1988/89 Scottish Cup in a 1-0 Old Firm derby victory.
Ipswich have enjoyed a good start to the English Championship season and that trend continued as Garner scored and Waghorn netted a brace in their 4-3 win at Millwall on Tuesday night.
Former Wigan forward Waghorn has now scored in both of his two appearances for the Tractor Boys while Garner has scored in two of his three matches and has also supplied an assist.
Naturally, former Celtic defender McCarthy was more than happy to remind Rangers of how he has previously got one over on the Ibrox club.
“I had a good time in Glasgow (at Celtic). We nicked the cup off Rangers and I’ve just nicked two strikers from them as well,” said the Ipswich boss, as quoted by East Anglian Daily Times’ Chief football writer Stuart Watson on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.
— Stuart Watson (@Stuart_Watson) August 15, 2017
Garner only spent one year at Ibrox and was eventually sold after what was a pretty poor season which saw him score just 10 goals in 37 appearances across all competitions.
Waghorn had a more respectable stay with Rangers, scoring 44 goals in 78 matches in all contests and winning the Scottish Championship and Challenge Cup titles in the process.
In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their clash against Hearts.