Former Ibrox favourite Martyn Waghorn has tipped Rangers to beat Celtic to the title in what he describes as “a big year for Rangers”.

The stocky frontman, who currently plies his trade with Derby, is fondly remembered in Glasgow and the club retains a special place with Waggy.

The striker thinks now is the time at Ibrox.

Waghorn, 29, made 78 appearances for Rangers scoring 44 goals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I genuinely believe this year is a big year for Rangers,” Waghorn told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“I think they’ve done a fantastic bit of business over the summer.

“I watched the game yesterday, they looked very good and very strong.”

The striker was sold to Mick McCarthy and Ipswich as Pedro Caixinha went about gutting the Rangers side he inherited from Mark Warburton.

 

It proved to be a grave mistake and the financial implications of the period under Caixinha are still being felt by the club.

Waghorn would move on to Derby for a reported £8m a season later, excelling in the Championship under Frank Lampard.

And he thinks similarly to Frank with Derby, Steven Gerrard could be the difference for Rangers.

“I just believe the manager they’ve got, a year under the belt, a year down the line, they’ve got a right good chance and I hope they can do it,” said Waghorn.

Waghorn hit 13 goals in 44 appearances for Derby last season. (photo by Roland Harrison/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Hopefully they’ve got a chance and I believe they’ve got a chance.”

Waghorn will be returning to Ibrox in pre-season as Derby head to Glasgow for a friendly with Rangers at the end of the month.

It’s something the player himself is clearly very excited about.

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