Warburton singles out 26 year-old for praise after Rangers draw

By Coral Barry

Mark Warburton was delighted to welcome back Martyn Waghorn and praised the striker’s match sharpness despite his recent injury lay-off.

Rangers’ top scorer returned to action for the first time since February on Sunday in the final Scottish Championship game of the season against St Mirren.

Waghorn was voted Players’ Player of the Season last weekend by his fellow Rangers teammates and looked in good shape in the 2-2 draw with St Mirren.

The Englishman had a few chances to mark his return with a goal, the best coming early on when his almost pin-point curler came back off the post.

“It is all credit to him and the physios for the work that has been done,” said Waghorn after the game, as quoted by Sky Sports. “He has come back, is fit, hungry, sharp and you can see that he wants to play.

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“We are delighted to get an hour out of him. He will play 75 minutes in the Spurs game, and will be ready for the final.

“He has a chance of starting. He has worked hard and looked really fit. He looked as if he hadn’t been away. There was no rustiness to speak of on a difficult surface and I thought he was very good. He has made a good case for selection.”

Waghorn missed 14 matches in total for Rangers, but still managed to end the season with 20 strikes from just 25 appearances in the league.

Rangers still have a cup final to prepare for against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup and will play a practice match against Tottenham next week ahead of the showdown on May 21.