Alloa V Rangers at Recreation Park : Match Preview

12 February 2016 02:34
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Martyn Waghorn says he has a different job to Leigh Griffiths

Rangers marksman Martyn Waghorn thinks he can still pip Leigh Griffiths to become Britain's top scorer - but he does not think there is much point comparing him with the Celtic striker.

The Ibrox forward became the first man in the UK to net 25 goals this season last month.

But while he has netted just twice more since then, Parkhead frontman Griffiths has grabbed the initiative and now leads the way on 29.

Waghorn though believes the title is still there for him to snatch - even if he claims he has a different job to do than his Hoops rival.

He said: "It would be good to finish as Britain's top goalscorer and I don't see why I couldn't. There are a lot of other fantastic players across the country but I'll just keep doing my job and the goals are a real bonus.

"There are a lot of things being said about the competition between Leigh and I. But I've got a different job to his. He is in the Premier League, I'm in the Championship.

"I'm doing my job for Rangers, he's doing his for Celtic. We've each got our own personal objectives. Mine is about getting Rangers promoted.

"I came here with the mindset of scoring goals but it wasn't my first priority - that was to get Rangers back to where they belong.

"Is the comparison fair? My job is different. My job is playing out wide and through the middle. I'm doing a job for the team and so is he. That's what you've got to do."

Waghorn will need to rediscover his scoring touch if he is to overtake Griffiths in the scoring charts, however.

He has failed to net in his last four games and blew a golden opportunity to break his duck when he failed to tame a Barrie McKay cross late against Kilmarnock in last weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup stalemate.

But the Englishman insists he is more concerned with ensuring Rangers' Ladbrokes Championship title bid stays on track than his own shot at personal honours.

"We've been winning so that is the main thing first and foremost," said the former Sunderland, Leicester and Wigan striker.

"I had a chance late on against Kilmarnock but my touch wasn't quite there. However, on another day it would have gone in.

"It's my job to put the ball in the areas that get us the three points and we've been doing that even if I'm not scoring the goals, so it's not too worrying."

The Light Blues have impressed this season with their fluid brand of passing football under boss Mark Warburton.

But they will have their work cut out finding the space to play at Alloa's Indodrill Stadium on Saturday after the Wasps controversially trimmed the width of their plastic pitch by nine metres.

Warburton admits he is shocked SPFL rules allow such a move but Waghorn insists Gers will cope.

He said: "It will be tighter and there will be smaller areas to work in but it's how we approach the game that matters.

"They've narrowed it for their own reasons but I think we're good enough to handle it."

Bottom of the table Alloa will be without Iain Flannigan due to a back injury and Michael Chopra, who has an ankle problem.

Despite the league table separating the sides Wasps' manager Jack Ross is determined that his team goes out in a positive fashion against the Ibrox side.

Ross said: "This is an occasion to be enjoyed but it is a game that we are going to try and win.

"They are the league leaders and a really good side however we should not be going out there having written off our chances.

"It will be difficult but not impossible to win."

Source: PAR