Ex-Rangers boss Stuart McCall discusses whether he'd start Martyn Waghorn in Scottish Cup semi-final

The forward has not played for the Scottish Championship side in around two months.

Former Rangers boss Stuart McCall has claimed that he would not pick Martyn Waghorn in his starting line-up for the Gers' Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic on Sunday, the Evening Times reports.

The 26-year-old is the Light Blues' top goalscorer this season with 28 goals in all competitions. However, he has not played since injuring his knee in an earlier round of the competition in February - something that makes his goalscoring form look even more impressive given the length of time he has been out - so it would undoubtedly be a gamble for Mark Warburton to select the forward against the Hoops.

And even with Waghorn hinting that he could be fit enough to play at Hampden Park, McCall has insisted that the most he would get if he was in charge would be a cameo from the bench.

"I saw his interview and he was definitely very positive in his mind, which is what you want from a player and that is good. But if he hasn't had a lot of contact training, it is a big gamble to start," he told the Evening Times.

"I think for him to start, with his match fitness, that is a no. As long as his injury has healed and the physio is happy, I don't think it would be a massive gamble to have him on the bench and to have him up your sleeve for 15 minutes.

"To start him, I don't think that will be in Mark's head, as positive as Martyn was."

While Warburton will be desperate to ensure that the former Leicester man does not sustain any further damage that could harm his preparations for next season's return to the Scottish Premiership, the fact that there is nothing else to play for this term may make the decision slightly more difficult.

The Scottish Championship title and Challenge Cup are already in the bag, meaning that there may not be huge implications if Waghorn was to feature against Ronny Deila's men and pick up a knock that keeps him out for the next few weeks, especially if he helps them reach the final.

However, the chance of him picking up a more serious injury may see Warburton look to protect his player by giving him the amount of time McCall suggested, or leaving him out of the squad entirely.

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