Ipswich set to land Martyn Waghorn from Rangers in £1m swoop
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Ipswich Town appear to have won the race to sign Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn.
Sunderland were interested in snapping up the 27-year-old — a Wearsider who started his career at the Stadium of Light — but the Ibrox board has accepted a bid from Town.
Simon Grayson has been looking for firepower after losing Jermain Defoe to Bournemouth and a fee of round £1million has been agreed.
Waghorn, a former England Under-21 international, moved to Scotland from Wigan in 2015 and helped Rangers back into the top flight of Scottish football.
He scored 16 goals in Scotland last season but has only a year remaining on his contract at Ibrox.
Waghorn was left out of his side’s Scottish Premiership opener against Motherwell yesterday.
Boss Pedro Caixinha paid tribute to Graham Dorrans after his debut double got Rangers’ season up and running.
But the Ibrox boss warned his team-mate Josh Windass to buck up his ideas when it comes to defending after his error almost cost them dear at Fir Park.
Boyhood Gers fan Dorrans made the dream start to his Light Blues career as his brace sealed a 2-1 victory over Motherwell on the Ladbrokes Premiership opening weekend.
“I am really happy for him,” said his new boss. “At 29 years old he is playing for his lifetime club.
“He is really a Rangers supporter and is really passionate about the club, so I’m really happy that his debut could give us the two goals that lead us to take three points back home.”
It was a victory which eased the pressure on Caixinha after last month’s Europe League humiliation against Progres Niederkorn.
There were plenty of plus points for the Portuguese boss to take from the game, including the display of his other debutant Bruno Alves and Windass’ lively forays down the left.
But Caixinha says the former Accrington Stanley playmaker — who hit the woodwork twice during a thrilling first half battle — must realise his work does not only involve going forward.
Caixinha said: “Normally people only see the game on the brighter side. Did you see who didn’t get on the wall when we conceded the equaliser?
“Did you see who lost the ball in the second half and we almost got caught on transition?
“Josh is a player who needs to have more confidence but he needs to learn with the process.
“It is not only about the bright things. You have to be switched on all the time.”
Dorrans swept Gers ahead in the fourth minute after Alves’ cross was headed down by Kenny Miller. But Ben Heneghan levelled five minutes before the break when Windass allowed Tanner to swing in from the right. However, Gers regained control after the break and clinched the points when Louis Moult conceded a penalty after barging an elbow into Fabio Cardoso, setting Dorrans up to net again from the spot.