Kenny Miller insists teammate Martyn Waghorn is ready to deliver for Rangers

Martyn Waghorn
Martyn Waghorn

Kenny Miller insists Martyn Waghorn will not shy away from the penalty duties if required against Hibernian.

The Englishman was left distraught last weekend when he failed to beat Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers with a stoppage-time spot-kick.

As a result of that miss Mark Warburton’s men suffered a 2-1 defeat, with the two points dropped allowing Ladbrokes Championship title rivals Hibs to draw level at the table summit.

The top two now face off at Ibrox on Monday but Miller insists his strike partner will not turn his back if Rangers are awarded another penalty.

The former Scotland hitman said: “Martyn has been fine. I’m sure it’s not the first penalty he’s missed and it won’t be the last.

“I’ve watched it back and I thought it was a great save. Yeah you are expected to score penalties and with the nature of the game and the result it was a big opportunity for us.

“But I’m sure if we get another one on Monday, Waggy will step up and put it away.

“We’ve seen him miss chances this year but respond in the right way. He knows in this team other chances will come up and he will get a chance to rectify things.

“He missed the penalty against Queen of the South a few weeks back and two minutes later he popped up with the winning header.

“That’s the kind of response you are looking for - unfortunately we just didn’t have the time for that on Saturday.

“He’s got 20 goals so far this season and that’s a great return for a lad coming into a new club.”

Gers have looked shaky since losing to Hibernian in Edinburgh at the start of November, with the Ibrox men spilling 10 points in the two months since that Leith defeat.

Conversely, Alan Stubbs’ men have looked the very picture of confidence on the back of a 17-game unbeaten run.

But Miller stressed the importance of Rangers remaining level-headed no matter what the outcome of Monday’s meeting is.

He said: “It’s important to get back to winning ways after the two poor results we’ve had but it is important to stress that nothing will be decided by this game.

“It could give Hibs an advantage, us an advantage or it could stay the same.

“So it’s important we don’t get too low about the recent results and get back to doing well.”