By Harry Sykes

Rangers provided further encouragement that they have bounced back from their European humiliation by beating Watford 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday evening.

A late winner from Martyn Waghorn sealed a notable victory against the Premier League side as the Scottish giants stepped up preparations for their league opener in 10 days’ time.

Pedro Caixinha’s side were ahead at the break after Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias’ slotted a Lee Wallace cross in off the post to beat Costel Pantilimon in the Hornets goal.

New Hornets manager Marco Silva fielded a strong side against his countryman, with new signing Nathaniel Chalobah in a starting line-up that also included Etienne Capoue and striker Stefano Okaka.

Italian international Okaka drew the EPL side level on the hour mark when knocking home after former Chelsea man Chalobah had rattled the crossbar.

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Rangers, who were buoyed by their 1-1 draw with French giants Marseille last Saturday, were then given a major confidence boost in their pre-season preparations when Waghorn stepped up in the 88th-minute to grab a late winner for the Light Blues.

Caixinha has one more game to assess his players ahead of the season opener with the Ibrox side heading to Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

Rangers then begin their Scottish Premiership campaign with a trip to Motherwell on 6 August in what is a lunchtime kick-off.

In other Rangers news, the club are eyeing a swoop for a top-flight duo and have already tabled one major bid.

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