With Alfredo Morelos extending his barren run into an eighth game in Rangers’ 2-0 home defeat to Hamilton last time out, Martyn Waghorn’s latest strike for Ipswich Town just applies a healthy dose of salt to the wounds.
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy told the Daily Record in August that his side paid far less than the reported £1 million fee for Waghorn in the summer. And, on current form, the lung-busting frontman is worth far more than Rangers sold him for.
A well-taken goal in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United means Waghorn has now netted nine times in 16 games for his new side – an impressive record that has Rangers supporters wondering why the club ever let him go.
If ony he got the chance at Rangers fc,well done waggy— Chris Byrne (@chrisbyrne30) November 23, 2017
Nice finish @MWaghorn33 shame it's not for the bears these days— stephen davis (@stephdavis32) November 23, 2017
Should still be at rangers— ALAN LEES (@BUD4EVA) November 23, 2017
Aye we said that the first season as well . Just let him settle in then you will see his true colours— william kane (@williamkane4) November 23, 2017
any chance of coming back mate? lol— williamb (@williamb1912) November 23, 2017
Baby come back— Rangers Fans Canada (@RangersFCCanada) November 23, 2017
He was pish for us why people are saying bring him back are probably the same 1s who wanted rid of him good luck to him nowhere near rangers class— Brian Regan (@BrianRe74761405) November 23, 2017
One player I would have fought tooth and nail to keep at @RangersFC delighted for u doing well down at Ipswich always plays for the badge on your chest keep smashing it waggy— Chris Smith (@Chris210188) November 23, 2017
Nostalgia can do funny things to the mind, however, and it must be pointed out that many Rangers supporters were queuing up to criticise Waghorn’s performances on social media last season, particularly during the latter stages of the 2016/17 season.
The 27-year-old was excellent as he helped Rangers earn promotion back to the top tier of Scottish football but struggled in the Premiership last season, netting just seven goals in 32 games.
And, at the time, few were wiping away the tears as Waghorn returned south of the border with Ipswich in the summer. But, then again, few expected Waghorn to make such a remarkable impression at Portman Road.