Rangers face anxious wait over Martyn Waghorn injury

Martyn Waghorn cuts a disconsolate figure after getting injured late on in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Hamilton. Pic: SNS

Martyn Waghorn cuts a disconsolate figure after getting injured late on in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Hamilton. Pic: SNS

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton is hoping his early-season plans have not been wrecked by an injury to Martyn Waghorn.

Last season’s top scorer looked like he was ready to carry on where he left off when he drew the Ibrox side level against Hamilton on the opening day of the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign.

But he was forced off eight minutes from the end of the frustrating 1-1 draw with Accies after collapsing to the ground clutching his hamstring.

The 26-year-old striker has already hit four Betfred Cup goals this season and Warburton is keeping his fingers crossed the problem does not turn out to be as bad as first feared.

“We will need to see how he is, but it looks like a hamstring injury,” the Englishman said. “He is being treated but we will need to see how he presents in the morning.

“Martyn is a goalscorer, but you don’t want to lose any player to injury. It’s too early to tell how bad it is, though, so we will see [on Sunday].”

Warburton acknowledged his team will need more of that quality in the coming months.

“We didn’t have enough penetration in the first half,” he said. “We had lots of ball and lots of passes but never really tested the keeper and looked a bit hesitant in the final third.

“We need to be braver with the final pass. We saw that with the goal. Joey [Barton] wins it, outside of the foot from Harry [Forrester] and a good forward run from Martyn – goal.

“But there was never any doubt it was going to be tougher this year. The players know they are up against a better level of player. We said before the game they would come to frustrate, and they did. All credit to them. If they are going to sit in, we need to be clever.”

Hamilton manager Martin Canning was delighted to be leaving Ibrox with a point.

He said: “Coming here was always going to be difficult, but to take something from the game was great. We worked so hard and I’m delighted to come away with a point.

“It was a fantastic strike from Ali Crawford. But, to a man, all my players deserve credit as they put so much effort in.”

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