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Silver lining for Wallace and Rangers boss Mark Warburton

St Mirren 2 - Rangers 2

By Andy Newport

Published 02/05/2016

Lightning holt: Rangers ace Jason Holt (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal yesterday
Lightning holt: Rangers ace Jason Holt (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal yesterday

Rangers boss Mark Warburton was named PFA Scotland Manager of the Year after leading the club back into the top flight in his maiden campaign.

The Championship Player of the Year award went to Rangers captain Lee Wallace, who has led by example with a series of outstanding displays for the league champions.

Warburton says top-scorer Martyn Waghorn has played himself into cup final contention after finally making his comeback from injury.

The 28-goal striker spent 11 weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury, but looked sharp during the hour he managed on his return to action in Gers' 2-2 draw at St Mirren.

The Ibrox side now have three weeks to prepare for their William Hill Scottish Cup final with Hibernian and Warburton is confident his chief marksman will be able to play a full part.

Gers will head south to take on a Tottenham line-up in a closed-doors clash on May 11 and the manager believes the London date will be enough to get Waghorn back up to speed.

Warburton said: "It is all credit to him and the physios for the work that has been done. He has come back, is fit, hungry, sharp and you can see that he wants to play. We are delighted to get an hour out of him, he will play 75 minutes in the Spurs game, and will be ready for the final."

Rangers were making their final appearance in the lower leagues as they prepare to make their return to Scotland's top-flight after four years away, but they dropped points for the fourth game running since their cup semi-final triumph over Old Firm foes Celtic.

Rangers fell behind to a Calum Gallagher strike just before half-time. Gers levelled with Kenny Miller's 20th goal of the season nine minutes into the second period, while Jason Holt thought he had given them the points when he angled a shot past Jamie Langfield two minutes from time, but Lewis Morgan grabbed a last-ditch leveller to heap more frustration on Warburton.

However, the Englishman is not concerned about his side's lack of form heading to Hampden. He said: "I was delighted with the second half. We have to look at the equaliser but that's game two of our lead-up to the final."

St Mirren: Langfield, Naismith, Watson, Webster, Irvine, Gallagher (Goodwin 75), Quinn, Mallan, Cooper (Morgan 61), Shankland,Clarkson (Thompson 75).

Subs Not Used: Carswell, Baird, Stewart, Willison.

Booked: Goodwin.

Goals: Gallagher 40,Morgan 90.

Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, Kiernan, Danny Wilson, Wallace, Zelalem (Shiels 74), Halliday, Holt, Waghorn (Ball 60), Miller (Clark 74), McKay.

Subs Not Used: Bell,Law,King,O'Halloran.

Booked: Danny Wilson, Wallace.

Goals: Miller 54,Holt 88.

Attendance: 5,933

Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland)

Belfast Telegraph

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