Rangers star admits nightmare of having to watch from stands

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Martyn Waghorn says he finds it "horrible" to have to watch the action as a spectator whilst injured rather than being out on the pitch himself.

Injured Rangers star Martyn Waghorn has opened up to the club's website on his nightmare of having to watch the team charge towards the Scottish Championship title from the stands rather than being a part of it himself.

Waghorn has not played since having to go off early on in a Scottish Cup tie with Kilmarnock on 16 February after suffering a knee ligament injury, and has so far missed six weeks of action.

In that time, Rangers have moved to within touching distance of the second-tier title and have also progressed to the Scottish Cup semi-finals, where they will meet arch-rivals Celtic next month.

Waghorn, who is still comfortably the Gers' top goalscorer this season with 28 goals from 34 appearances, admits it has been tough for him to have to look on whilst his teammates look to finalise the success built largely on the striker's goals.

He told the club's official website: "Watching the boys is very hard and difficult; sitting in the stands isn’t for me. The Falkirk game when we were losing you just want to be out there helping the lads.

"It’s horrible not being involved, just seeing the lads going out to training, the banter that they’ve got and when we’ve won, you’re a part of it but you don’t feel you’ve contributed as much.

"It is tough but you just have to switch off and concentrate on yourself and get yourself as mentally and physically ready."

One positive for the 26-year-old is that he did not end up needing to have surgery on his injured knee, something which came as a huge boost to the striker and Rangers.

The striker is hoping to return to action before the end of the season, but is unlikely to recover in time for the Old Firm clash in mid-April.

The Gers are 14 points clear of second-place Falkirk with a game in hand, and can wrap up the title this weekend if other results go their way.

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