Former Rangers boss hopes strike pair don’t came back to haunt him at Nottingham Forest



Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton is hoping that former Rangers marksmen Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner do not come back to haunt him this afternoon.

Warburton brought Waghorn to Ibrox from Wigan in summer 2015 before recruiting £1.8 million forward Garner from Preston a year later.

The pair have now formed a formidable striking partnership at Ipswich, scoring a combined 14 goals this term, after being allowed to leave the Govan outfit during the close season by then manager Pedro Caixinha.

While Garner earned mixed reviews during his only season north of the border, Waghorn enjoyed a productive spell after notching 44 goals in two campaigns.

And Warburton knows his Forest team will have to keep a close eye on the players when they travel to Portman road for today’s English Championship clash.

Warburton, who left Rangers in February, said: “Waggy was one of our first signings, in our first few months at Rangers.

“We signed Joe later on and he is a player we got for a decent fee. He is a very aggressive, combative player but with no shortage of quality.

“Waggy has a great left foot and desire to go with that. They are enjoying their football and I am sure they are being well managed by Mick.

“They are two players in form and we are aware of them – but they have other players in their squad who can cause problems.

“We will be prepared for a tough game. Ipswich are a team high on confidence, who got a great result in midweek at Derby.”