Rangers’ Martyn Waghorn: I don’t care if Hib’s Jason Cummings tops scoring chart, I just want Rangers to win promotion

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn does not care if Hibernian rival Jason Cummings pips him to top spot in the scoring charts – so long as his Ibrox side triumph in the promotion battle.

The former Wigan frontman is the Ladbrokes Championship’s deadliest frontman so far this season having struck 17 goals in 20 appearances.

Easter Road man Cummings is only three behind after firing eight goals in his last nine matches.

But Waghorn insists he would rather celebrate a return to the top flight with his team-mates than claim individual glory.

“I’m not really looking at the scoring charts,” he said. “I just look at myself and what I can contribute to the team.

“The goals are a bonus but really promotion and three points are all I’m focusing on this year.

“It would be nice to finish as top goalscorer but to get promoted and get back to the SPL is the main thing for me.”

Gers will hope to bounce back from last week’s slip-up at Livingston when they take on Petrofac Training Cup semi-final opponents St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday.

The 1-1 draw with Mark Burchill’s side allowed Hibs to draw level on points at the top of the table, although Rangers remain in first place on goal difference and still have a game in hand.

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Some pundits have responded to the Livi result by claiming boss Mark Warburton will have to make improvements in January if they are to make certain of their Premiership return.

But that reaction has surprised Waghorn, who said: “We’ve only lost one game and drawn another but everyone is going on like we’re going through a slump. It’s crazy.

“At other clubs I’ve been at if we lost a game the reaction was never as big. If we lost we’d get over it and move on.

“But where we are in the league, there is pressure. We’re Rangers and everybody wants to see us lose. It’s massive for the city if we don’t get the three points.

“It’s something we’ve got to deal with. We have to find different ways to break teams down.”

Rangers have tried and failed to win the Petrofac Training Cup on three occasions since their liquidation meltdown but Waghorn hopes to see that miserable run end this year.

He said:”The prospect of getting to a final is a huge thing for me ahead of Saturday. For me personally, if we could win it would be my first finals that I have played in, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“It just sets a marker down for where we want to go as a club and what we want to achieve.”