Searching the bargain bin for players can often be a sound strategy for success. With the big clubs often cutting their losses prematurely on players, picking up a player that hasn’t quite worked out at one of those clubs will often work out for clubs in the Championship. Worked for Leeds United with Chris Wood, after all.
Glasgow Rangers had a season to forget after rising up from the lowest league of Scottish professional football after the scandal and the “Phoenix” club that rose out of the ashes is now back in the top division of Scottish football. However, failing to finish in either the top spot or even second place has caused discontent among the supporters, and the way their previous manager, Mark Warburton, left the club is still debated.
With that in mind, a number of first-team players are on their way out of Rangers FC, with the new manager looking to bring in a number of players that aren’t connected with the “failure” of this past season. One of the players that could be acquired on a cut-price deal is Martyn Waghorn.
The former Sunderland, Leicester City, Hull City, Millwall, and Wigan Athletic player moved to Rangers two seasons ago, but has fallen out of favor after scoring nine goals in 35 total appearances this past season. The Daily Record reports that he could be available for as little as £400,000, a virtual bargain in today’s money-soaked English game.
While Waghorn’s former manager at Rangers, Marc Warburton, is currently at Championship team Nottingham Forest, Leeds has been linked with the player in the past. And while his goal scoring record in the Premier League isn’t great, his time at various Championship level teams have been respectable. While it might be a bit awkward at training for the first couple days if Leigh Griffith from Celtic FC, who has been linked to Leeds, both are transferred to the club, having players fighting for first-team football is never a bad thing, and for the price of £400k, it’s not a big risk as a potential £20 million move for a Troy Deeney from Watford FC.