Warburton said: “Waggy has been an outstanding pro, he has worked so hard and our physio came to see me just now to say he is ahead of schedule, which is good news but we need to make sure he is right. He will be keen to play at Hampden, I am sure, but it’s important to make sure he is well looked after and ready for next season as well.”
Waghorn picked up a knee injury against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup, and has been out of action since the beginning of February.
He has missed three league games, as well as the Scottish Cup quarter final victory over Dundee, although his absence has not been felt too heavily.
All four games were won, but Rangers were struggling to score in the three league games, managing just four goals across them.
They did score four against Dundee, but many fans cannot wait to see Waghorn back in action, with the hope of seeing the summer signing improve upon his current tally of 28 goals.
He has been a key figure in the Gers’ rise to the top of the Scottish Championship, and Warburton wants him back to finish the season and secure promotion to the top flight.
Warburton has confirmed that Waghorn is slightly ahead of schedule, although he didn’t give a specific return date for the striker., meaning there is no knowing whether he will be ready to face Celtic in the Scottish Cup next month.