By Dominic Toner

Dean Windass has revealed that Rangers should make far better use of his son Josh.

Windas junior moved to Ibrox this summer after agreeing a deal in January and scored an impressive 16 goals at Accrington Stanley last season.

Rangers suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic on Saturday, in which Windass played the full 90 minutes, and have already slipped four points behind their rivals after playing a game more.

Former striker Dean has revealed that his 22-year-old son is a crucial part of the Rangers side and his pace should be exploited in the midfield.

“The Celtic that Brendan [Rodgers] is building has energy and pace. In my opinion, I don’t think Rangers have enough legs in their team,” he told Sky Sports. “In my opinion, there is only Josh and Barrie McKay in the Rangers team who are going to unlock the door. They need more than that.

“Give Josh the ball because he has pace and power. In my opinion, as a supporter and a dad, he didn’t get the ball enough. When he did get on the ball he did something with it.

“Listen, Josh is still young, he’s learning the game and has come from Accrington. But the one thing you know is that when he gets the ball, he makes things happen.”

Rangers were humbled on their return to Celtic Park and youngster Moussa Dembele stole the headlines with his hat-trick.

Windass was named alongside Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton for the clash but they came unstuck by the power and determination of Scott Brown and Nir Bitton in the midfield battle.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is still finding out his best starting XI after a summer overhaul of players.

Windass is contending with several midfielders for a starting role but his pace and energy could mean he is handed another opportunity to impress.

Rangers host Ross County on Saturday and will hope to get their Scottish Premiership season back on track.

In other Rangers team news, Barton has given a brutal assessment after the club’s defeat to Celtic.