Former Ibrox hero Marco Negri gives important advice to current Rangers star Martyn Waghorn

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Marco Negri hopes Martyn Waghorn can continue his stunning goalscoring form.

Former Rangers star Marco Negri has told The Herald that Martyn Waghorn must 'take nothing for granted' after his great start to the season.

Waghorn, 25, was one of a number of summer signings made by manager Mark Wabrurton, and having left Wigan Athletic, the forward has adjusted to life in Scottish football quickly.

The former Sunderland man bagged a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Morton on Sunday, taking his tally for the season to 14 goals in all competitions - and we're not even in October yet.

Fans now believe that he could break 30 goals this season, something that former Rangers hero Marco Negri achieved in 1997/98.

The Italian smashed 36 goals in 39 games in his debut season under Walter Smith, and even though his career from then on was blighted by injuries, he will always be remembered for his remarkable goalscoring feats at Ibrox in that first season.

Now, speaking to The Herald, Negri has backed Waghorn to emulate him and break the 30 goal barrier this season - but has also offered some important words of advice for the English striker.

"If I had any advice for Martyn, I would tell him to remember that he must continue training in the right way and to take nothing for granted," said Negri. "You are building your confidence every day in training. You can’t think about the number of goals, you have to go into every game looking to do your best on the pitch. You have to focus on being in the right place at the right moment and if you do that then you will continue to score goals."

"During a season, you can have a lot of games where you will score a lot of goals and then you can have some where you don’t score. You can’t score in every game. All you can do is focus, train right and continue doing your job. A striker helps the team with goals, of course, but you have to remember it is important to help his team-mates," he added.

Many of Waghorn's goals have been penalties, but that's nothing to be taken away from his record. With a 100% success rate from the penalty spot this season, Waghorn's penalties have been excellent, giving Mark Warburton a dependable penalty taker.

14 goals in 13 games this season is a stunning record, and given how many chances Rangers create, he should at the very least be pushing towards 30 goals this season - possibly even more.

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