Rangers strike duo Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn are aiming to pick up right where they left off when they face Dundee at Dens Par on Sunday. Each of the Light Blues hitman scored in the win over Greenock Morton in the William Hill Scottish Cup. And Waghorn says they will bid for more of the same when they come up against Paul Hartley’s side.
Waghorn took the focus away from caretaker manager Graeme Murty, albeit briefly, when the took time out to speak about the preparations for the next game and reveal how much he enjoyed partnering up with Miller in a 4-4-2 system last time of asking.
It was a change to the formation ordinarily employed by former boss Mark Warburton, whose well-publicised departure is starting to fade a little (only a little, mind) from media scrutiny as the club bid to go about letting their talking be done on the pitch.
Waghorn says his knowledge of Miller’s intuitive movement and knowing how the former Scotland striker operates, his experience and nous in front of goal, helped make the pairing so fruitful. Not that the former Leciester City and Wigan Athletic forward is too bothered about the system in which he plays. More a case of actually playing, getting game time and getting on the scoresheet for Rangers, above all.
Ahead of the clash against the Dark Blues, he lifted the lid on his thoughts and said:
“It was good and we changed the formation for the last 20 minutes. It was nice to get that link-up with another striker – at times we maybe could have done it a bit more but it’s the way the manager chose it.
“Murts chose to go down that route and it was nice to get the chance to link up with someone. Kenny is a vastly experienced and intelligent player and you know where he is going and the movements to make off him. That showed for parts of the game and it was nice to get my chance through the middle again.
“I don’t mind though. I like the 4-3-3 and I like the 4-4-2, and playing by myself or as a two. It’s my most natural position and it’s where I benefit the most. It’s just nice to get back out there, play 90 minutes and do it on winning terms.”
Waghorn believes the Gers have enough about them to garner the victory needed, along with the much-needed three points but urges a certain amount of caution with his comments, noting that the hosts are a solid team who work hard and have a good shape. He also pointed out that they pose a threat on their counter-attack too and that he reckons it’s up to Murty’s men to retain possession and take their chances when they present themselves.