By Danny Wright
Scunthorpe are not interested in signing Rangers attacker Martyn Waghorn, according to a reliable journalist.
The Scottish Sun reported on Friday that the English League One club’s manager Graham Alexander personally scouted the 27-year-old as he came off the bench to score in the 2-1 loss to Aberdeen on Wednesday night.
However BBC Radio Humberside commentator Mike White has revealed in a major development on his personal Twitter account that he has been told from an inside source at Scunthorpe that talks have not been held with Waghorn and he is “not on their list”.
Scunthorpe United club source tells me they've not spoken to Martyn Waghorn & "not on their list" amid reported interest in Rangers striker.
— Mike White (@mikewhitesport) May 20, 2017
It was understood from the Scottish Sun that Pedro Caixinha was willing to step aside and let the former Wigan player leave Ibrox in the summer as he prepares to overhaul his squad.
Waghorn has been at Rangers since 2015 and is their top goal scorer in all competitions for this season by netting 16 times in 40 appearances.
It is said that the former England Under-21 international’s contract will expire at the end of next season which means that clubs can approach him on pre-contract terms as early as January 2018.
Scunthorpe are understood to be looking for new attacking players in order to help them mount a serious bid to return to the English Championship following a play-off semi-final defeat to Millwall saw them resigned to another year in the third tier.
Football Insider Verdict
Waghorn is a player that is too inconsistent to be able to help Rangers progress any further. He is their top scorer but most of his goals have come away from the Scottish Premiership and against teams that the Light Blues should really have no problem in beating. The 27-year-old isn’t a big game player and Caixinha needs to sign men who can step up in fixtures against teams like Celtic and Aberdeen. Next season will be a lot tougher with a Europa League campaign added to the schedule so providing strength in depth is also necessary for the Portuguese boss.
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