SCOTTISH SOCCER: Rangers Martyn Waghorn hoping to hit form at right time

Rangers playmaker Niko Kranjcar
Rangers playmaker Niko Kranjcar

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn admits he has not felt like his old self this season - but hopes to perk himself up by shooting down Celtic.

Gers’ top-scorer from last term spent four weeks out of action after pulling his hamstring on the opening day of the campaign against Hamilton.

And he has struggled to rediscover his lethal touch since returning last month.

His only Ladbrokes Premiership strike of the season so far came just minutes before he hobbled off against Accies and although he did net a hat-trick against Queen of the South in the BetFred Cup quarter-finals, his treble failed to spark him back into form.

The Light Blues now face Celtic at Hampden in Sunday’s last-four showdown and Waghorn reckons it is the perfect time to end his three-game scoring drought.

He said: “I started the season feeling really good but the injury affected me in terms of stopping me from kicking on and getting going.

“These past few weeks I still think I’ve been off the pace a little bit. I’ve not been my usual self in terms of being a threat up front.

“The longer the run goes without scoring the more you end up snatching at things. You don’t mean to do it purposely but I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. I want to score goals and play well.

“I’ve been working hard this week though. I’ve realised what I need to work on.

“I’m still learning. It’s been a step up to the Premiership and as a group we are still developing.”

Waghorn’s strike partner Kenny Miller knows just what these derby battles are all about.

But having crossed the divide twice, the veteran former Scotland frontman has not always had it easy and was this week the subject of a viral video showing him being targeted for abuse by a Hoops supporter whilst out shopping.

Meanwhile, Rangers have suffered a major injury blow with playmaker Niko Kranjcar struck down with a serious knee injury, it is understood.

The Croatian could be sidelined for months to come if the injury is as feared.