Rangers sell Martyn Waghorn to Ipswich

Martyn Waghorn has become the latest player to leave Rangers in the summer transfer window having completed a move to Ipswich Town.

The 27-year-old striker departs Ibrox after two years. He arrived at the club from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2015 as the Mark Warburton era got into full swing, with a fee of around £200,000 believed to have been exchanged.

He arrived north of the border after starting his career at boyhood club Sunderland, with loans stints at Charlton Athletic and Leicester City. The latter spell, with 12 goals in 47 matches, would earn him a permanent move to the Foxes for a fee of £3million.

Moves out on loan to Hull City, Millwall and Wigan Athletic preceded a transfer to Wigan, where he played alongside James Tavernier before the pair were snapped up by Warburton and Davie Weir. 

He got off to a great start in his Rangers career as he scored two goals in a 6-2 win over Hibernian in the Challenge Cup on his debut – and he hit the ground running in the Scottish Championship too with goals aplenty.

He enjoyed the form of his life under Warburton in the second tier as he struck 28 goals in 36 matches until disaster struck in February. The Englishman picked up an injury on the artificial surface at Rugby Park as the Gers defeated Kilmarnock in a Scottish Cup replay.

He returned for the final few games of the season, including the Scottish Cup final, but he wasn’t quite right and started the next season hoping to kick on again as Rangers returned to the top-flight. 

Unfortunately, after scoring against Hamilton on the opening day he suffered injury in the very same game and was in and out of the team all season – under three different bosses in Warburton, caretaker Graeme Murty and present manager Pedro Caixinha.

A total of 16 goals in 41 appearances – with just seven in the Premiership – left his future over the summer uncertain especially with the raft of new players Caixinha has recruited himself, including two strikers in the form of Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos.

And now Waghorn exits the club but goes with supporters’ best wishes as, despite lacking the required ability for the Rangers team they want to see, his application in a blue jersey was never in question.