Rangers boss Warburton gives injury update on Ibrox star

Mark Warburton

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn is out with a knee problem at the moment.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has suggested to The Daily Mail that he is not going to rush Martyn Waghorn in returning to action.

Waghorn, who has scored 28 goals in all competitions for Rangers so far this season, is on the sidelines at the moment with a knee problem.

The 26-year-old forward is recovering well, and there is a chance that he could regain full fitness in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Celtic at Hampden Park in Glasgow later this month.

Warburton has revealed that he will make his decision regarding Waghorn’s availability only on the advice of the club’s medical team.

“Waggy is working great but it is between him, our people here – the doctors and specialists – and the outside specialist to get it right,” the Englishman told The Daily Mail.

“The worst thing we could do is hurry him back. Likewise, drag our heels when he could come back. He is working really hard, as you expect, but it has to be right for next season.

“Waggy is increasing his loading. As long as the specialists are happy, we’ll be happy. Waggy would go this afternoon if he could. But we have to make sure it is right and his career is not negatively impacted by bringing him back too early.”

Waghorn is one of the best players in the Scottish Championship and arguably the best striker in the division.

Rangers fans will certainly love it if the former Sunderland and Leicester City forward is fit for the game against Celtic, although one can understand why Warburton does not want to rush him.

Even without Waghorn, the Gers are a strong team who will certainly fancy their chances of winning against the Bhoys in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup later this month.

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