Mark Warburton shares update on Gers star Martyn Waghorn's fitness

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has offered an update on Martyn Waghorn.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official YouTube channel that Martyn Waghorn is still a few weeks away, but is making good progress.

Waghorn, 26, decided to leave Wigan Athletic last summer, signing for Rangers along with Latics team-mates James Tavernier and Rob Kiernan.

The former Sunderland and Leicester City striker has taken the Scottish Championship by storm, hammering 28 goals in all competitions to become an Ibrox hero early into his Rangers career.

However, Waghorn suffered a nightmare knee injury in last month's Scottish Cup clash with Kilmarnock, ruling him out of action for a significant period of time.

The Gers are no doubt hoping that Waghorn will be fit to return for next month's crucial Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Old Firm rivals Celtic, but fans will know that it will be a race against time for the Englishman.

Manager Mark Warburton, speaking ahead of this weekend's game against Queen of the South, has been asked about the situation surrounding Waghorn's injury.

Warburton told the club's official YouTube channel that Waghorn is 'in a good place', but remains a few weeks away from a return - and acknowledged that Rangers must be cautious when bringing the striker back into the fold.

"He went away for a couple of days, he's back, and if you know Martyn, he trains like a demon every day," said Warburton. "He's a top professional, he's desperate to get back, he's in great shape, but what we have to make sure we do, is get the timing right. So between Martyn, our staff here and the specialist, we must make sure that the timing is appropriate."

"And don't forget, when he's fit, he then has to get fit. Everyone thinks Martyn Waghorn will be fit and can go and play 90 minutes, but when a player has been out for a period of time, we then have to regain their fitness, so he's a few weeks away but he's in a good place," he added.

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