Speaking to the Evening Times, Derek Johnston has admitted that he doesn’t believe Martyn Waghorn should be playing as an out-an-out striker for Rangers, even though he is currently leading the scoring charts.
The former star said: “Martyn is Gers top scorer so far this season but I’m not sure he is a natural striker. He has done very well for himself but when I look at him, I think he could be better behind the striker. He has got a good touch and he can beat players.”
Waghorn has so far scored nine goals in 10 games for the Gers, having moved to Ibrox from Wigan in the summer.
The 25-year-old has shown himself to be a top class player in the Scottish Championship, and although his career in English football never amounted to much, it appears as if he can finally kick-start his playing career in Scotland.
As an all-round attacking player, Waghorn is able to feature all along the front line, as well as in the number 10 position just behind the striker.
The forward has a keen eye for goal, but his best traits are his on-the-ball skills, and he has shown a real creative edge when played slightly deeper.
So far this term, Waghorn has been utilised as a lone striker, in either a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 system. If Warburton continues with the 4-2-3-1 system, Johnstone believes that he could be dropped deeper, playing as the number 10, whilst a more natural goalscorer is selected ahead of him as the main striker.
Kenny Miller is the most natal goalscorer in the Rangers set-up, and his five goals in seven games show that the 35-year-old has enjoyed a great start to the season. However, it is hard to imagine he would be able to play every game, and Waghorn being utilised as the main forward makes a lot of sense considering his youth, fitness and current exceptional form.