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28-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Rangers in win over Hamilton

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 2-1 victory against Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.

Martyn Waghorn must keep his place in the team

Waghorn delivered a man-of-the-match display against Hamilton as he made his way back into the line-up for the clash. The 26-year-old forward scored two goals either side of half-time, ensuring his side a crucial victory. His first goal was a stunning looping header that any striker would have been proud of, while he was in the right place to apply the volleyed finish for his second. Waghorn had been going through a small goal drought before the clash, but Mark Warburton placed him in the team ahead of Kenny Miller. His selection was proved to be a justified one and Waghorn could now become a regular feature in future matches.

Rangers are back in the top two in Scotland

After being demoted in 2012 after entering administration the Premiership looked a long distance away for Rangers fans. However, Friday evening’s win has confirmed their status in the top two of Scotland again. The famous Ibrox side cruised to victory over Hamilton, bar a small blip for the goal conceded. The Gers are now seven points clear of third placed Aberdeen and it now looks unlikely that Rangers can be stopped by anyone other than Celtic. The Ibrox giants will have their fierce Glaswegian rivals in their sights, but they will probably have to wait until the next campaign to dethrone Brendan Rodgers’ team.

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Joe Garner should be axed

There was high hopes for 28-year-old summer signing from Preston, but he has struggled so far in Scotland with just three goals in 16 appearances. Manager Warburton protected the striker in the week, hailing his all round play. However, given that Rangers are looking to be the better team in the majority of their matches now, they don’t need a striker to do the “dirty work”, but one who can put the ball into the back of the net. Garner made his name in England’s League One, but his Championship record stands at just 22 goals in 133 encounters. He is not good enough for Scotland’s top flight and should be axed from the team sooner rather than later.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd entered a heated discussion with Chris Sutton about the Gers and Celtic.