RANGERS reject Martyn Waghorn hit his 100th career goal as he bagged a double in Derby’s 2-0 victory over Hull City at the weekend.

The striker, who was allowed to leave Ibrox in a £250,000 switch to Ipswich Town in August 2017, reached the century mark when he rammed in the 41st-minute opener following a rebound from former Celtic keeper David Marshall.

He made certain the Midlands side would remain on the promotion track with a second in the 71st minute.

Waghorn took to Twitter to say: “Sliding into 100 goals. Absolutely delighted. Hopefully, more to come.

“Great three points and overall performance from all the lads. Roll on Wednesday.”

Jubilant boss Frank Lampard, who paid £1.2million for the powerful frontman last summer, said: “We weren’t at our best in the first-half partly because of Hull being a threat.

“But when you’re clinical like Martyn Waghorn was, it helps us to get our noses ahead.

“We’ve had games this season where we didn’t get what we deserved.

“It was a really good win against a good team, they’ve been beating pretty much everyone in their way over the past two months and we knew it would be a hard game.

“We kept a clean sheet and scored two really good goals and when the second went in it felt pretty comfortable.”

Waghorn, who was replaced in stoppage time by ex-England defender Ashley Cole, now faces his former Ipswich team-mates at Portman Road in midweek.

Waghorn thanked Duane Holmes for his part in his ton-up goal and said: “It was a great ball. You kind of expect a little chipped one over the top, but he has drilled it through and, thankfully, I was in a good position and got the chance one on one.

“The first one, the keeper has made a good reaction save and it has spun up in the air. I thought ‘get my head over it, keep it down’ and it nestled in the bottom corner, which was nice.”

Waghorn’s second goal was his eighth strike for the club as they chase promotion to the Premiership.

Mark Warburton brought the 29-year-old forward to Ibrox along with James Tavernier in a £400,000 double deal from Wigan in July 2015.

The former Sunderland prospect returned across the border two years later following 44 goals in 78 appearances for Gers.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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