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Rangers boss Waghorn doubles his chances of securing Old Firm start

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By Andy Newport

Martyn Waghorn wants a crack at Celtic after rediscovering his shooting boots.

Waghorn netted twice on Friday night as the Gers saw off a late Hamilton Academical fight back at New Douglas Park.

Hamilton rallied and pulled one back when Danny Redmond's cross found Dougie Imrie, who tapped in from close range but the visitors held on.

Now Waghorn wants Gers boss 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.

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 said: "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," added Waghorn.

"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."

Rangers return to action when they face Inverness on Christmas Eve as they bid to make it four-in-a-row in the Premiership.

The Light Blues also face St Johnstone and Celtic before the turn of the year, but Warburton won't look any further than the Caley clash.

Warburton said: "Again, it's one game at a time.

"People say to me 'you can now enjoy Inverness' - no.

"They are a very, very good team and are very well-managed.

"We know they have the strength in depth and we have to compete and make sure we deliver a level of performance."

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