Rangers legend Derek Johnstone suggests Martyn Waghorn’s potential goal total

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Rangers striker Waghorn could break the 40-goal mark this season.

Speaking to the Evening Times, Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has admitted that Martyn Waghorn could beat his best ever seasonal goal tally of 39 goals this term, if he continues with the form he has been in.

He said: “He [Waghorn] was never prolific down south but you can’t complain at what he has done for Rangers. He has been magnificent. In 1978, I scored 39 goals, which included two for Scotland, and won the Players’ Player of the Year and Writer’s Player of the Year awards. The way Martyn is going, he might well beat my total.”

Waghorn, 25, moved to Ibrox over the summer from Wigan Athletic, and he has shown himself to be a far better player in Scotland than he ever proved in England.

He has 14 goals in 13 appearances, just six strikes less than he managed in his entire career with Leicester City - a career which totalled 116 games.

There have been doubts about Waghorn’s best position, with him generally playing as a winger or attacking midfielder in England, but he has started his spell with Rangers as an out-and-out striker in Mark Warburton’s ultra-attacking 4-3-3 system.

This system has been perfect for the 25-year-old, and he has removed any doubts about his best position, establishing himself as undoubtedly the first player on Warburton’s team sheet.

Reaching a 40-goal total would be an extreme feat for Waghorn to achieve, but on his current rate it is one that is certainly possible. He will not have the international appearances to score goals in as Johnstone did, but considering Rangers’ form they could have a number of games across a number of competitions - with Waghorn’s goals hoping to lead them to victory.

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