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EX-GER’S HISTORIC STRIKES

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FORMER Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn made history in Derby’s 6-1 thrashing of Rotherham – his first hat-trick in English football.

The 29-year-old hitman claimed the trio as Frank Lampard’s side ran amok at Pride Park to move into the Premier League play-off spots.

Waghorn achieved the scoring feat three times during his days at Ibrox, but never managed it in stints with Ipswich, Wigan, Millwall, Hull City, Leicester City, Charlton and Sunderland.

The delighted forward, who joined the Rams from Portman Road in the summer, said: “I’ve been close before with a few braces and, of course, it’s something I’ve always wanted to achieve.

“As a striker, it’s always in the back of your head.

“I had that spell up in Scotland and managed to grab a few up there.

“But it’s nice to come back to England and get one – especially at a club like this, with so much history.

“I’m delighted that I’ve managed to do it.”

BLUE HEAVEN…Martyn Waghorn in his Rangers days.

Waghorn pulled rank when he claimed a 13th-minute penalty-kick after after Mason Mount had been brought down.

He explained: “Mounty picked up the ball and I said: ‘Listen, sorry, Mounty, I’m the penalty-taker’. He was like: ‘Are you?’

“I said: ‘I am’ and he said: ‘Alright, then, no problem. You better score!’

“I understand that he wanted it coming back from and lay-off, but, as a striker, I had to take it.

“Mounty is horrible for defenders to mark. He showed that by winning the penalty.

“That’s what he does – he commits defenders and wins me penalties, so I can’t complain!

“For my second goal, it was a ball into the box and kind of an old-fashioned number nine’s header.

“I attacked the ball and it was a great goal. I was delighted with it.”

Waghorn completed his historic hat-trick with another spot-kick after Tom Lawrence had been upended by keeper Marek Rodak.

He added: “I had a little laugh with Harry Wilson and Mounty at half-time about who takes the next one.

“I said: ‘Listen, I’m on a hat-trick, it’s mine again. Sorry, boys!'”

Waghorn has now claimed 11 goals in Lampard’s debut campaign as County gaffer while Mount, Bradley Johnson and Duane Holmes netted the others in the weekend walkover.

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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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