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Rangers to stick with Martyn Waghorn spot-kicks

By Andy Newport

Published 28/12/2015

Distraught: Rangers’ penalty specialist Martyn Waghorn
Distraught: Rangers’ penalty specialist Martyn Waghorn

Kenny Miller insists Martyn Waghorn will not shy away from the penalty duties if required against Hibernian. The Englishman was left distraught last weekend when he failed to beat Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers with a stoppage-time spot-kick.

As a result of that miss Mark Warburton's men suffered a 2-1 defeat, with the two points dropped allowing Scottish Championship title rivals Hibs to draw level at the table summit.

The top two now face off at Ibrox today but Miller insists his strike partner will not turn his back if Rangers are awarded another penalty.

The former Scotland hitman said: "Martyn has been fine. I'm sure it's not the first penalty he's missed and it won't be the last.

"I've watched it back and I thought it was a great save.

"Yeah you are expected to score penalties and with the nature of the game and the result it was a big opportunity for us.

"But I'm sure if we get another one on Monday, Waggy will step up and put it away.

"We've seen him miss chances this year but respond in the right way.

"He knows in this team other chances will come up and he will get a chance to rectify things.

"He missed the penalty against Queen of the South a few weeks back and two minutes later he popped up with the winning header.

"That's the kind of response you are looking for - unfortunately we just didn't have the time for that on Saturday.

"He's got 20 goals so far this season and that's a great return for a lad coming into a new club."

Rangers have looked shaky since losing to Hibernian in Edinburgh at the start of November, with the Ibrox men spilling 10 points in the two months since that Leith defeat.

Conversely, Alan Stubbs' men have looked the very picture of confidence on the back of an impressive 17-game unbeaten run of victories.

But Miller stressed the importance of Rangers remaining level-headed no matter what the outcome of today's meeting at Ibrox.

He said: "It's important to get back to winning ways after the two poor results we've had, but it is also important to stress that nothing will be decided by this game.

"It could give Hibs an advantage, us an advantage or it could stay the same.

"So it's important we don't get too low about the recent results and get back to doing well, and winning ways."

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