How the tables have turned for former Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn.
The burly English forward is still highly regarded by Rangers fans, but he was ridiculed in Scotland.
And now, after Frank Lampard’s Derby staged a monumental comeback against Leeds United, he’s 90 minutes from the Premier League.
In his first season at Rangers in 2015, admittedly in the Scottish Championship, there was no stopping the former Sunderland forward.
He scored 28 goals in 36 games and was clearly a cut above the rest in the league. But upon promotion, things didn’t fare so well for the player.
They didn’t fare so well for Rangers at all truth be told.
Waghorn struggled in second season at Ibrox
Rangers were ridiculed as we struggled in our first year back in the top-flight. Waghorn was berated for his lack of quality in front of goal.
The less said about the schoolkid and the chippy the better.
The following season he was shipped out by a ruthless Caixinha who sold off robust British talent for peanuts and replaced it with overpriced foreign garbage. It was criminal.
Waghorn, now 29, was sold to Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich in 2017, with the club’s manager voicing his disbelief at the low price they signed him for. A season later, he moved to Derby County for a deal which could reach £8m.
After a superb season with the Rams, Waghorn has his big day out at Wembley. And should it be a success, he’ll have 38 big days next season as Frank Lampard’s side make the Premier League.
The big striker remains fond of the Ibrox club and Rangers fans [quoted by Daily Record], and bluenoses will be quick to congratulate his success.