AFTER scoring his first career hat-trick against Morton you’d think Martyn Waghorn would have the match ball in pride of place but instead his 2-year-old son has stolen it.

The striker hasn’t had a look in since he took the ball home on Sunday afternoon when his little boy spied an opportunity for a kick about.

His three goals marked his 12th, 13th and 14th strikes of the campaign so far – that’s 14 in 13 games.

The 25-year-old said: “My son is actually playing with the ball in his bedroom; he’s nabbed it off me.

“I think he’s tried to wipe the signatures off with some wet wipes so I will have to get the boys to sign it again.

“It was nice to get a hat-trick, I have had a few opportunities here before and to get the three is very pleasing as a striker.

“I am confident right now, I am real enjoying it, it’s going really well and the boys are playing well.

“I think I am just settled playing games and the run of games has just helped me get into a routine and the momentum falls into place. I just want to work hard, keep it going and hopefully more goals will come.

“It was important in the summer when I came to Rangers to play games and get my career back on track.

“I’d had a difficult 18 months, I’d been in and out of the team with a few injuries and coming here is a good platform and a great place to come and play football.

“I can only get better as a footballer and I am going to work hard and develop and hopefully my success continues and when I hit 20 goals I will re-evaluate and we’ll go from there.”

Waghorn met up with “Penalty King” Johnny Hubbard this week and the pair compared spot-kick tallies.

The current Gers frontman has some work to do if he’s to catch Hubbard’s 60 in 63 – he’s currently sitting on seven out of seven.

Waghorn smiled: “It’s incredible for him to have kept that standard and that level for so long, it’s quite impressive and to see him bouncing around on the pitch at his age is quite incredible.

“I’ll be lucky if I’m still walking at 84 at this rate! But for him to be that energetic and to keep going it is a credit to him – he is obviously very proud of what he has achieved.

“He gave me one tip – don’t miss! He has put me under some pressure really because he said he never had to practice so I’m going to have to improve as well.

“I work hard on mine though; I think it is something that you have to do. Keepers can watch videos now on which way you’re going and how you take them so I work hard with the keepers and the coaching staff.

“I think it’s important because of the way we play to practise, we have a lot of attacking flair and pick up a lot of free-kicks and penalties.

“Keepers look at what the striker does rather than us looking at their penalties, so it puts us under a bit more pressure to find your spot rather than the keeper guessing so it is quite hard.

“I’d taken a few penalties before I came to Rangers and I didn’t have a very good record; I missed one in the play-off semi-final, I missed one in a league game and missed a few more so I wasn’t great!

“I think it must just be the change, a new start and a bit of confidence.

“I’m looking forward to the Falkirk game now and they will pose a different threat to everyone else so if we play how we do and start fast and quick we should be ok.

“I think it is important we get back to basics and do what we do and then tire them out and hopefully the chances will come and we’ll get the three points and move onto the international break when we can have a little rest.”

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