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28th Dec, 2016 | 12:15pm

Rangers 26-year-old responds to bust-up suggestions

By Matt Farr

Rangers goalscorer Martyn Waghorn has denied talk of a bust-up between himself and Ibrox chief Mark Warburton.

According to the Daily Record, there have been suggestions the Rangers duo were caught-up in a rift, with Waghorn said to be unhappy with his backup role at the club earlier in the season.

The 26-year-old was also hoping for a new contract in the summer, but after talks broke down, it was rumoured that neither Waghorn or Warburton would see eye-to-eye.

However, the former Leicester striker has denied rumours of a bust-up, insisting that he is very happy with Warburton as manager, and that he was delighted to be back in the fold.

He also hoped he was repaying the faith shown in him by the Rangers boss for bringing him back into the starting line-up.

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He told the Daily Record: “Were there clear the air talks? Definitely not. Since I have come in the gaffer has been brilliant with us.

“He has always talked and explained things to us. I have had a relationship with him in the past in terms of speaking. He is one of the managers you can really talk to. Trust me, there have never been any words or anything like the stories that have come out.

“He is a great guy and I have a lot to thank him for. He has given me the confidence going back in to express myself and play my game. Hopefully, I am repaying him now.

“I was a bit disappointed not to be playing. As a striker you want to be playing, scoring goals and I wasn’t up to the standard I needed to be at.

“But I have come back, worked hard and I’m in good shape. It has taken me a while to get going but I feel I’m really getting into a good place and hitting some nice form.”

Waghorn played important roles in the recent victories over Hamilton and Inverness, bagging two goals and an assist, taking his haul for the season up to 10 goals and four assists from 18 games in all competitions.

His form will give Warburton food for thought ahead of the Old Firm derby clash with Rangers on Saturday, with Rangers needing to pick up all three points to have any chance of catching the league leaders.

Their hopes are already slim, with Celtic already 14 points clear of Rangers with a game in hand, whilst they are also unbeaten in domestic competitions since the start of the campaign.

In other Rangers news, Warburton has delivered an updated on the injured Lee Wallace ahead of the derby meeting.