Ex Rangers star produces heroic display as club dramatically avoid drop, other ex Gers relegated
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Former Rangers star produces heroic display as club dramatically avoid relegation

Former Rangers star Martyn Waghorn produced a heroic display as Derby County dramatically avoided relegation on the final day of the EFL Championship season.

Ahead of the final round of fixtures, three clubs – Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United – were scrapping for one spot, with the Rams and the Owls playing each other and the Millers facing Cardiff City.

It was a nervous afternoon for Derby manager Wayne Rooney (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Derby knew a win would keep them up regardless of Rotherham’s result, while a draw would also suffice if Rotherham failed to win at Cardiff.


Wayne Rooney’s side trailed on two occasions but fought back to draw 3-3 and an 88th-minute equaliser from Cardiff’s Marlon Pack against Rotherham ensured the Rams stayed up.

Rangers loanee George Edmundson played the full 90 minutes at centre-back for Derby and was strong in the air, especially in the closing stages, but Waghorn was the star.

The former Ger scored two equalisers in the game, with the second being an ultimately decisive penalty, while he also assisted the second goal, which was scored by Patrick Roberts.

Former Rangers star Martyn Waghorn was the hero as Derby dramatically avoided relegation. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

He was substituted with around ten minutes to go but came sprinting onto the pitch after the final whistle to celebrate with his teammates.

There were contrasting emotions for two other former Rangers players, Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, who were relegated with Wednesday and Rotherham respectively.

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