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21st Oct, 2016 | 7:42pm

Waghorn explains why Rangers are in strong position to beat Celtic

By Amir Mir

Martyn Waghorn believes Rangers are in a “better position” than when they beat Celtic last season – despite losing 5-1 against their rivals in September.

The two Glasgow giants will take to the field for the Old Firm clash on Sunday afternoon, with a place in the Scottish League Cup final up for grabs.

The fixture at the weekend will be a repeat from when the Gers knocked out their rivals on penalties in the very same competition last term.

But since that famous win for Rangers, they have been heavily beaten by their arch enemies in September, following their promotion to the top-flight.

But 26-year-old striker Waghorn was adamant that the past results don’t matter and that his side are in a better team from the last campaign.

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“It is a completely different fixture from last year, different personnel, and different scenarios and after the game at Parkhead there is a lot more emphasis on this game, if it needed anymore,” Waghorn told the club’s official website.

“They come around and you have to be prepared for it mentally and physically and I think we are in the best shape we can be.

“Even from last year I think we are in a better position to go forward and really get a result from that game.”

Former England under-21 international Waghorn has scored one league goal and supplied one assist in six appearances this term.

But in the cup competitions he has been in lethal form scoring seven goals and providing two assists in four games.

In other Rangers team news, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has used one word to describe the opposition ahead of the Old Firm fixture on Sunday.