Ex-Rangers star never wanted to leave before making new club £6.5m
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Ex-Rangers star wanted to stay before going on to make new club £6.5m

Ex-Rangers star Martyn Waghorn has been opening up on his Ibrox exit saying that he did not want to leave the club.

Speaking to Open Goal, Waghorn was discussing his time at Rangers which remains a great source of pride for the striker.

Now plying his trade at Derby County, Waghorn was considered surplus to requirements by Caixinha who rated the likes of Eddie Herrera and Dalcio as better players.

“I would have liked to stay,” said Waggy.

“I spoke to Pedro and he had brought in Alfredo and Herrera. Dalcio came in.


“He said to me ‘Listen, I see these two ahead of you’ and I said ‘Well I disagree with that, I’m better than one of them, I should still be part of it’.

“We had the European game, we had the first leg and I didn’t play the second leg. He played Alfredo in the second leg and Herrera came on.

“So I went to see him and said I feel like I did well and he said ‘Well I see these two ahead of you, these are my signings now, there’s a team interested in you, I see these as my main two strikers so if you want to go you can go’.

“So I was like ‘well if that’s the way it is I’m not going to sit around I’ll go and play’. I appreciated him being honest with me, he could have dragged me along for the ride.

Ex-Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha saw more in the likes of Eddie Herrera and Dalcio that he did Martyn Waghorn during his time at the club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I feel they (Herrera and Dalcio) were nowhere near it, that reflected in how many games they played and how many goals they scored. I feel like I could have done a better job.

“I felt like me and Alfredo – he was raw at the time but he scored goals – when we trained together we worked well together, it would have been a good partnership.”

Waghorn, who spent two years at Ibrox between 2015 and 2017, scored 44 goals in 78 appearances and became a firm fans’ favourite.

The powerful forward remains convinced his time at Ibrox was cut short but he continues to hold a special place in his heart for the Ibrox support and Rangers.

“At the time I wasn’t playing and I was struggling a bit mentally so I thought maybe it was the time to move on and get a new challenge,” said Waghorn.

“I was gutted. It’s a massive club, I feel I didn’t achieve enough about what I set out to do.

“I feel I could have done a lot more, could have won a lot more and if I had the opportunities to do so I would have done a lot better. Injuries and off field issues had an effect.

Martyn Waghorn is now a mainstay in the Derby County side who missed out on a playoff place this season. He was the club’s joint-top scorer this season with 12 goals. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

“Maybe it was time to go but I was sad to leave the place.

“I was leaving good friends behind, I loved playing for the club, I loved playing for the fans in the stadium. It’s somewhere not many people get to say they played so I was always going to be sad and it was difficult but I had to make the decision and move on.”

It was a truly incredible time at the club and if the comments of ex-Rangers man Waghorn don’t sum up the bizarreness of Caixinha’s reign then nothing will.

Astonishingly, Waghorn was allowed to leave by ex-Gers boss Pedro Caixinha for a fee in the region of £1m which then Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy would later express his utter amazement at.

Striker Martyn Waghorn retains a strong relationship with the Rangers fans. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Waggy would then go on to Derby County for a hefty £7.5m fee only a season later as Rangers’ transfer dealings under Pedro were shown up as the utter farce we already knew they were.

Letting our best players go for relative peanuts and replacing them with the utter dross he did still has Rangers fans everywhere scratching their heads.

It probably still has Waghorn scratching his.

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