Martyn Waghorn

MARTYN Waghorn put pen to paper on a three-year-deal to become a Rangers player in July 2015.

Born in South Shields, the striker began his career not too far away in Sunderland, where he made eight appearances before being loaned out to Charlton Athletic and Leicester City.

As a 17-year-old, Waghorn made his Sunderland debut on Boxing Day 2007 in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, and despite the disappointing scoreline, then Black Cats boss Roy Keane reserved praise for the performance of his young attacker.

His first senior goal arrived when on loan at the Valley for Charlton in December 2008 as he struck in a 2-2 draw with Derby County.

A season-long loan for the 2009/10 season then followed at Leicester, and he played a total of 47 games, scoring 12 goals in the process. His form there earned him a permanent move at a cost of £3million on transfer deadline day in August 2010, and at the King Power Stadium, he made a further 59 appearances in total, scoring eight more goals in the process.

Loan spells at Hull City and Milwall followed before he moved permanently to Wigan Athletic on January 31 2014. There, he played 41 times in total and scored eight times before moving north to Rangers.

Waghorn has international honours at youth level, representing England’s under-19s twice and also the under-21s twice.In his two appearances at under-21 level against Azerbaijan and Isreal, he scored in both matches.

He wears the number 33 shirt due to superstitions about the number.

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