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Waghorn 'could get even better'

Rangers 5 - Cowdenbeath 1

By Andy Newport

Published 11/01/2016

Big win: Rangers boss Mark Warburton was a happy man
Big win: Rangers boss Mark Warburton was a happy man

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has backed Martyn Waghorn to get better and better after the striker became the first man in Britain to hit 25 goals this season.

The former Sunderland, Leicester and Wigan hitman hit a hat-trick in Gers' 5-1 win over Cowdenbeath as the Light Blues booked their place in the last 16 of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

His treble took the 25-year-old past Peterhead's Rory McAllister as he became the UK's top scorer in all competitions this term.

However, manager Warburton reckons the Ibrox faithful have yet to see the best of their ace marksman.

He said: "The more often he plays the greater his belief in his ability and he'll get better and better. He's on 25 goals in early January and he will get stronger and stronger.

"He is a victim of his own success - at 19 he got his £3million move to Leicester and spent time on the bench in the Premier League but he needed to play.

"He's doing that now, developing nicely and there's a lot more to come from Martyn Waghorn.

"He's dealing with the expectation here. He came here as a striker to a club like Rangers and the crowd expect, quite rightly, that he delivers - and he's doing that."

Gers grabbed the lead after 19 minutes when Lee Wallace was picked out by Kenny Miller before slotting through Cowdenbeath keeper Jamie Sneddon's legs.

Barry McKay cut in from the right to sweep home a stunning second on 33 minutes but there was a setback for the hosts at Ibrox when Dean Brett clipped an exquisite free-kick past Wes Foderingham off the underside of the bar.

But Rangers moved clear again when Waghorn bullied his way into shooting territory before firing over Sneddon.

He then wrapped up his second Rangers hat-trick since moving north in the summer with two penalties after team-mate James Tavernier was twice tripped in the box.

RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Wallace, Ball, Zelalem (Forrester, 62 mins), Miller (Hardie, 71 mins), Halliday (Shiels, 62 mins), McKay, Holt, Wilson, Waghorn. Unused subs: Gostomski, Kiernan, Law, Thompson

COWDENBEATH: Sneddon, Donaldson, Kerr, Scullon, Adamson, Brett, Hughes, Milne (Kane, 56 mins), Callaghan, Smith (Johnston, 72 mins), Spence. Unused subs: Roman, Zubaidi, Yakub, Beaumont, Armstrong

Man of the match: Martyn Waghorn

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Steven McLean

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