Rangers now favourites for Championship - Martyn Waghorn

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Martyn Waghorn (left) scored as Rangers beat Hibernian 4-2

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn believes the Ibrox club are favourites to win the Scottish Championship because they are better than Hibernian.

Mark Warburton's men ran out 4-2 winners over Hibs on Monday, despite the sending off of midfielder Andy Halliday.

"Ultimately, we've got the better players and we'll do our talking on the park," said Waghorn.

"Are we favourites for the title now? Yeah, 100%."

Rangers have been criticised in recent weeks after dropping points to Livingston, Morton and Falkirk and manager Warburton claimed his side were motivated against Hibs by comments from the media.

Hibs went into the match on the back of a 17-game unbeaten run and head coach Alan Stubbs cranked up the pressure by suggesting Rangers were feeling the strain.

"It was one of those games where we knew what we had to do and everybody was on point," said Waghorn, who scored Rangers' fourth goal.

"The previous weeks, everything was a bit slow and the tempo wasn't great and teams have capitalised.

"But the boys started from the front and it set the tempo. Some of the play was different class and Hibs couldn't handle it.

"We heard what had been coming out of the Hibs camp in the build-up and, to be honest, I think they were just doing it to get themselves motivated.

"We didn't need to read anything or say anything - we just wanted to focus on ourselves and play our game. That's what we did.

"We don't need to get involved in that stuff. We know who we are and what we want to do. They can say what they want.

"We've got a better squad, a better team and that showed. Even when we went down to 10 men, we didn't really look in any trouble."

He added: "You know when you come to Rangers you are expected to win things.

"When you don't perform at your best, you will come in for criticism, but we did our talking on the pitch.

"We didn't come out shouting and screaming or crying. We handled it really well and put in a really solid team performance."