Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Daily Mail that he wants to keep Martyn Waghorn at Ibrox after he excelled against Hamilton Academical on Friday evening.
After impressive home wins over Aberdeen and Hearts, Rangers were back on the road on Friday night as they travelled to New Douglas Park to take on Hamilton Academical – and Warburton's men made it three wins in a row.
Rangers' Martyn Waghorn celebrates scoring
Rangers took the lead in the first half as Jason Holt crossed into the box for Waghorn to guide a looping header over goalkeeper Gary Woods and into the net off the woodwork.
Waghorn doubled his tally and Rangers' lead in the second half as Lee Wallace burst down the left hand side before lofting a cross into the six yard box for Waghorn to volley home.
Rangers did have to stand strong late on though, as Dougie Imrie pulled a goal back for Hamilton on 77 minutes, but Warburton's men claimed all three points – and it was striker Waghorn who took the plaudits for his two goals.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton
After hitting 28 goals in 36 games last season, Waghorn went into this term with high expectations, but his brace against Hamilton was his first league goals since scoring againt Hamilton on the opening day of the season.
Having rejected a new contract at Ibrox over the summer (The Guardian), speculation has surrounded Waghorn's future, with The Scottish Sun recently claiming that Bristol City and Fulham are both looking to sign him in January.
After Friday's win, Rangers boss Warburton told the Daily Mail that he wants to keep Waghorn at Ibrox, suggesting that the former Leicester and Sunderland striker is settled in Glasgow – but acknowledged that players can have their heads turned, and told supporters that talks are ongoing with all players about staying at Ibrox.
“I think Martyn enjoys playing for Rangers, simple as that,” said Warburton. “He’s a top professional, his family are settled and Martyn, as all the other players are, is wanted here at Rangers. Long may that continue. I don’t want to lose any of my players but we’re realistic. We know full well that if certain bids come in and players get their heads turned, [they could go]. That’s the nature of the game.”
“All we can say is that we don’t want to lose anyone and, if we do, we lose them on our terms as opposed to the rival club’s terms. That’s our promise to the supporters. The talks are on-going with all the players. That’s how it has to be. It’s an on-going dialogue. It’s like any workforce. It’s keeping your workers happy and chatting to them and being honest with them,” he added.
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