Mark Warburton comments on Waghorn fitness

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton says Martyn Waghorn should be fit for the Scottish Cup final.

 

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has revealed via Sky Sports that he expects fit-again striker Martyn Waghorn to be completely ready for the Scottish Cup final with Hibernian on May 21.

The 26-year-old, who netted 20 times in 25 Scottish Championship starts during his maiden season at Ibrox, put 11 weeks of disappointment behind him by making a long-awaited return from injury in Sunday's 2-2 draw at St Mirren - the last league game of the season.

It is a timely comeback for the former Wigan Athletic man, whose attention will now shift to being fully fit and firing for the showpiece at Hampden Park in a few weeks time.

Between now and then, Rangers, vying for a treble, will face Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in a behind-closed-doors friendly down south, and Warburton expects his top goalscorer to be much sharper by the time they face Hibs at the national stadium.

"It is all credit to him and the physios for the work that has been done. He has come back, is fit, hungry, sharp and you can see that he wants to play," Rangers boss Warburton said via Sky Sports.

"We are delighted to get an hour out of him. He will play 75 minutes in the Spurs game, and will be ready for the final.

"He has a chance of starting. He has worked hard and looked really fit. He looked as if he hadn't been away. There was no rustiness to speak of on a difficult surface and I thought he was very good. He has made a good case for selection."

Having Waghorn back is a massive boost for a Rangers side who have gone off the boil since beating Celtic in the semi-finals. Since that, they lost two and drew two of their final four league games.

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