Mark Warburton confirms major blow; Martyn Waghorn won't play against Celtic

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says Martyn Waghorn definitely won't play against Celtic.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed that striker Martyn Waghorn won't play against Celtic next week, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The Gers clinched the Scottish Championship title and subsequent promotion to the Premiership on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton, as James Tavernier's winning goal led Rangers back to the top flight of Scottish football.

This weekend, Rangers turn their attention towards the Petrofac Training Cup final against Peterhead, with more silverware up for grabs for manager Warburton.

Next week, it's the huge Old Firm derby clash, as Rangers meet Glasgow rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, just the second time the two teams have met since the end of the 2011/12 season.

Gers fans are hopeful that their team will come out victorious, but their hopes have been dented by the absence of striker Martyn Waghorn.

The summer signing from Wigan has hit 28 goals this season, but picked up a knee injury against Kilmarnock back in February, and he has still yet to return, even if he is getting closer.

Today, manager Warburton was asked whether Waghorn will be back to face Celtic, but he told the Daily Record that the striker won't play any part in the game.

"Martyn won't be in the Old Firm game," said Warburton. "The guy's been out for six weeks. He has to get fit. You can't just come back in to a game of that level. But if we get through that then I think hopefully he'll figure in the final," he added.

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