Kilmarnock frontman Josh Magennis tells Rangers they are wrong to wag the finger at the Rugby Park pitch for Martyn Waghorn’s injury

JOSH MAGENNIS has told raging Rangers they’re wrong to wag the finger at Kilmarnock’s plastic pitch for potentially wrecking Martyn Waghorn’s season.

Ibrox chiefs are fuming after star man Martyn Waghorn was crocked in Tuesday’s Scottish Cup replay win.

Record Sport understands Mark Warburton fears his 28-goal hitman could be out for the rest of the campaign – with only an outside chance of a return for the final few games of the promotion push.

Gers have no doubts about where the blame lies for the injury and yesterday fired out a stinging statement slaughtering the Ayrshire club’s 3G playing surface.

The Ibrox club said: “The initial impact on an unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible.

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Josh Magennis not happy after missing a header

“However, thankfully the scan has revealed there will be no need for surgery, although Martyn will be sidelined for a number of weeks.”

Rangers are unhappy with the role of the surface but Magennis reckons Gers have been too quick to start a pitch battle.

The Killie hitman insisted the Rugby Park astro is the best in the country – as he’s fallen on it countless times and lived to tell the tale. And if it’s good enough for Glasgow Warriors rugby side then it shouldn’t be an issue for footballers.

Magennis said: “You can get injured in matches on any kind of surface or in training. It can happen at any time.

“The injuries that do happen on these pitches seem to get talked about more than the ones on grass surfaces. I can’t see how going down on the pitch would have done it.

“In terms of impact when you fall on it, it’s fine. They even play rugby on it and those guys throw themselves on to the ground all the time.

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Kilmarnock’s Josh Magennis celebrates his goal

“I fall all over the place as well – just ask the Killie fans! I’m constantly on the deck and the only thing that might be different is you get the odd friction burn off the material.

“It’s no different to what you get when playing on grass in pre-season in the summer. You can deal with the odd cut or burn. All I can say is the pitch certainly doesn’t bother me.”

Northern Ireland striker Magennis admitted the 3G surfaces take a bit of getting used to but it’s burns rather than bumps that are the problem.

Rangers claimed Waghorn’s impact with the pitch was the cause of the damage but Magennis felt it was more likely to have been because of a clash with his teammate Stevie Smith.

The pair collided at the Waghorn penalty – which he stuck away before hobbling off and leaving the ground on crutches.

But Euro 2016-bound target man Magennis said: “You can’t get away from the fact that the surface is obviously harder than grass pitches.

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Martyn Waghorn in training

“But out of all of them I’ve played on ours is the up there with the best. The ball rolls true and fair. It might take a couple of weeks to get used to in terms of twisting ans turning, and maybe you feel a bit stiff afterwards.

“But it’s never been an issue with me. I can see maybe a twist or a turn but he was involved with a collision with Stevie and the both of them had to eventually go off.

“If anything I would think that was when it happened rather than anything to do with the pitch. I am not the Rangers physio so I can’t say scientifically either way.

“You don’t like to see any player injured so hopefully he won’t be out for long.”

Waghorn is set to miss several key games as Gers chase glory in the league and Scottish Cup with the potential promotion decider against Hibs in April already the target.

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