By James Black
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has admitted he was baffled with Rangers’s decision offload Martyn Waghorn over the summer and claimed his side have been “very fortunate” to sign the striker.
Waghorn was one of 12 players who left Rangers over the summer and, along with Joe Garner, headed to Portman Road to join McCarthy’s side.
Garner scored just seven goals in 31 league appearances at Rangers but he has already got four strikes to his name in 10 Championship appearances for Ipswich.
Waghorn has had a similar impact since heading to Ipswich, scoring six goals in eight games and McCarthy has admitted that he is still struggling to get his head around the Gers’ decisions to flog the duo.
“Why Rangers didn’t want to keep them I don’t know,” McCarthy said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“We’ve been the very fortunate beneficiaries of that one.
“When I heard Waggy was available I thought that can’t be right. But we checked it out and he was.”
Waghorn joined Ipswich for £1million after two years at Ibrox.
The South Shields-born striker scored 44 times in 78 appearances for the Gers but struggled to make an impact after Pedro Caixinha replaced Mark Warburton in March 2017.
During his time in Scotland, Waghorn helped Rangers to the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup and was also named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in 2015/16.
The decision to sell Waghorn was generally well-received by the Rangers support who didn’t feel Waghorn offered enough to the side during last season’s return to the Scottish Premiership after a five-year absence.
Despite McCarthy’s surprise at the decision to sell the former Wigan striker, few Gers fans would pick Waghorn over his replacement at Ibrox, Alfredo Morelos.