Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy on Rangers selling Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers let both Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn move to Championship side Ipswich Town this summer.

Mick McCarthy, manager of Ipswich looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town at Selhurst Park on August 22, 2017 in London, England.

Mick McCarthy himself will admit that watching Ipswich Town hasn’t exactly been a joy in recent years. The Tractor Boys have gone from play-off contenders to mid-table fodder, while simultaneously producing some of the most ‘pragmatic’ football in the division.

It’s fair to say, then, that few would have expected Ipswich to be sitting just two points adrift of the top six with the league’s joint-best goalscoring record going into the second international break of the campaign.

Though much of Ipswich’s early success in 2017/18 is down to the excellent form of strike duo Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn (below) – with McCarthy still pinching himself in disbelief that the Anglian high-flyers were able to tempt Rangers into a double deal.

Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates after he scores from the penalty spot during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4,...

“Why Rangers didn’t want to keep them I don’t know. We’ve been the very fortunate beneficiaries of that one,” the veteran gaffer told the Daily Record.

"When I heard Waggy was available I thought ‘that can’t be right’. But we checked it out and he was.”

Waghorn and Garner have scored 10 goals between them in the Championship this season, the former in particular proving to be an inspired addition.

Joe Garner of Rangers celebrates scoring his secong goal during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow,...

And while Garner did struggle at Rangers last season, scoring just seven goals despite being the club’s most expensive signing since 2012, the club’s decision to let both attackers go has understandably been questioned.

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