17 Dec Waghorn has his sights set
Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn has pleaded with Mark Warburton to let him loose against Celtic after finally ending his four-month scoring drought.
Until Friday, the 26-year-old had not found the net in the Ladbrokes Premiership since the opening day of the campaign.
But his two goals shot down Hamilton as Rangers registered three straight league wins for the first time this season.
After the 2-1 win over Accies at the SuperSeal Stadium, Waghorn – who was also making his first start since mid-October – immediately set his sights on Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Hoops ahead of their Hogmanay Ibrox visit.
He told Rangers’ official website: “Personally I am very pleased to get back in and get a couple of goals. It has been a long time coming so it was nice to be back and it was a good three points away from home.
“I didn’t necessarily have a point to prove but it was about staking my claim for my starting place in the team.
“It was nice to get in, do my job and take the three points home, which is the most important thing.
“I have done what I needed to do, played well, scored goals and technically that is what you need to do so I am pleased with my day’s job but I need to get back working hard and try and keep my place in the team.
“The aim is to still be in the starting line-up come Celtic but that is up to me to keep my place, keep working hard, do my bits on the training pitch and when it comes to Saturday I have to do my job.
“It was crucial to get that win tonight to keep the momentum going approaching a busy schedule.
“It is always nice to win games back to back and playing for Rangers you need to do that so it was important that we built on the two good performances that we produced at home.
“It would be nice to keep the winning run going, having a week or so off in January will be difficult but to get a good couple of wins and performances under our belt before then is key.
“It is positive that we go into the Christmas schedule off the back of a couple of good wins.”
Hamilton have now gone eight games without a win and with Celtic and Aberdeen next up for Martin Canning’s men, skipper Michael Devlin is starting to grow concerned.
Devlin said: “The manager reiterated after the game that he’s been pleased with our commitment. But you do have to start picking up points at some stage.
“Although we’re drawing games, they’re not going to get us where we want to be. We want to finish as high as we can.”