Gary McSwegan believes Warburton will realise Nicky Clark's quality in Waghorn's absence

Rangers striker Nicky Clark has been tipped to impress by Gary McSwegan.

Former Rangers striker Gary McSwegan has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he thinks Nicky Clark will step up in Martyn Waghorn's absence.

Waghorn has been Rangers main man in front of goal this season, exceeding all expectations by smashing 28 goals since signing from Wigan Athletic last summer.

However, the former Sunderland man suffered a knee injury in a cup tie against Kilmarnock last week, and will now miss 'a number of weeks', as confirmed on the Rangers official website.

Waghorn's absence causes a problem for manager Mark Warburton, as he has lost his main source of goals at a crucial part of the season, as Rangers bid to win the Scottish Championship and return to the top flight.

New signing Michael O'Halloran should help in front of goal, whilst Kenny Miller scored the only goal in Rangers' 1-0 win over Queen of the South on Sunday - but Nicky Clark could yet have a say.

The 24-year-old, who started his career with Rangers before spells with Aberdeen, Peterhead and Queen of the South, returning to Ibrox in 2013.

Clark hit 18 goals in his first two seasons back at Rangers, and filled the void left by Waghorn against Kilmarnock, as he swooped in the dying seconds to score the winning goal and send the Gers into the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Now, former Rangers striker Gary McSwegan believes that Clark is a proven goalscorer who just need an extended chance to shine - and claimed to the Glasgow Evening Times that manager Mark Warburton will now see the quality that Clark possesses.

"Nicky Clark is a proven goalscorer who will get goals if he gets chances," said McSwegan. "He certainly produced a very good finish against Kilmarnock. I always found if I was on the bench I gave a bit extra and tried to make an impact to prove people wrong."

"Martyn Waghorn is the type of striker who can drift into areas and score. He is good at playing on the right and coming in onto his left foot. He also creates chances for others to score. Nicky Clark is more of a penalty box striker. But Mark Warburton will realise what Nicky Clark can do," he added.

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