Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Mark Warburton was correct to leave him out of the Old-Firm derby match against Celtic.
Waghorn raced back to fitness in an attempt to make it back for the Scottish Cup semi-final, but he was not included in the match day squad.
Rangers went on to win the game against their Glasgow rivals on penalties, but Waghorn admits that he struggled to accept being left out by Warburton initially.
However, now he is back fully fit, and likely to play in the Ibrox side’s Scottish Cup final against Hibernian, Waghorn admits that Warburton made the right choice by being cautious with his recovery.
“Realistically I was nowhere near ready to play against Celtic. I had played in one or two non-contact sessions,” the former Wigan Athletic striker said.
“But I knew that if I went into that match then I was going to be smashed!
“I was nowhere near ready and the gaffer knew what he was doing in line with the medical staff. I respect the decisions made by the professionals.
“I understood why I was being left out even if it’s hard to deal with. It was the right decision in the end.”
Waghorn played in Rangers’ friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in the build up to the Scottish Cup final, and now will surely be included in the match day squad at Hampden Park.
Rangers are set to take on Hibernian, as they look to complete the treble in Warburton’s first season in charge.
Waghorn’s return is a major boost for the Ibrox side, as he has been their most potent finisher this season.
Waghorn has netted 28 goals in all competitions this season, making him Rangers' leading scorer - despite having to spend over three months on the sidelines.