Rangers star Martyn Waghorn names his football idols

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Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn names former Sunderland, Manchester United and Liverpool stars as his football idols.

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he grew up watching Sunderland.

Waghorn, who started his professional club career at Sunderland, has also revealed the names of his football idols.

The 26-year-old former England Under-21 international has named Manchester United legends Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Liverpool greats Michael Owen and and Robbie Fowler among the players he looked at closely.

Waghorn has also revealed that he watched former Sunderland and Southampton striker Kevin Phillips when growing up.

“I grew up watching a lot of Sunderland, I enjoyed watching the likes of Kevin Phillips,” the former Leicester City striker told The Scottish Sun. “Then I was a big United fan, Andy Cole, Ruud van Nistelrooy.

“Robbie Fowler, I loved watching him on Match of the Day. Michael Owen was another. I’d say they were out and out strikers. Get them in the box, give them the ball, they’d finish it.”

Waghorn, who joined Rangers in the summer of 2015, has been in superb form so far this season.

The 26-year-old striker has scored 27 goals in 32 matches and is leading the Gers’ charge to the Scottish Championship title.

Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Championship table at the moment with 59 points from 23 matches.

Mark Warburton’s side are eight points clear of second-placed Hibernian, who have a game in hand.

The Gers will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Alloa Athletic away from home at the The Indodrill Stadium in the Scottish Championship.

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