Rangers suffered a dent in their title ambitions after in-form striker Martyn Waghorn suffered a knee injury in the Scottish Cup defeat of Kilmarnock, leaving him sidelined for “a number of weeks”.
The Ibrox outfit say the setback is not as bad as first feared and described Kilmarnock’s synthetic surface as “unforgiving”.
Waghorn, who has scored 28 goals in 34 games this term, seemingly suffered the injury after a challenge from Stevie Smith in the box but he took the resultant penalty but was unable to continue thereafter.
“Martyn suffered the injury in the challenge that saw Rangers win their early penalty and although he recovered enough to score from the spot, he could not continue,” a statement on the club’s website said.
“The initial impact on an unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible. However, thankfully the scan has revealed there will be no need for surgery, although Martyn will be sidelined for a number of weeks.”
With Waghorn sidelined it might give Nicky Clark a chance to demonstrate to the club why he is worthy of a new contract. The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has found himself on the fringes of the first team during Waghorn’s prolific spell.
Clark scored the winner which knocked Kilmarnock out of the Cup on Tuesday.