By Coral Barry

Josh Windass revealed Mark Warburton convinced him to join Rangers by insisting the club are aiming to win the Scottish Premiership next season.

The Accrington Stanley recruit arrived alongside teammate Matt Crooks at the start of the summer and Windass explained they were given very specific assurances about the club’s ambition.

Rangers won promotion from the Scottish Championship into the top flight last season and Windass revealed the Gers are aiming to win the title at the first time of asking.

“When myself and Crooksy signed, the manager was really straightforward and he didn’t beat around the bush,” said Windass speaking to the Herald Scotland. “He said he wanted to get back into the Premiership and we want to win the Premiership and beat Celtic to the league.

“He didn’t say ‘well, we want to have a couple of years at this and a couple of years at that’. He just went straight to the point and said ‘we are going up there to win the league’.

“That speaks volumes for how ambitious he is and how he wants to succeed as a manager. I am looking forward to playing for him.

“I have got some really good friends who have played under him at Brentford and they have all said unbelievable things about him so I can’t wait to work with him.”

Rangers initially swooped for the Stanley duo in January, signing them up on pre-contracts, and have paid in the region of £500,000 for their services.

That is because they qualify as a foreign club under Fifa regulations and are not subject to the same tribunal rules as another English club is for acquiring players under the age of 23 who arrive after running down their contracts.

Windass bagged 17 goals in all competitions as an attacking midfielder, while Crooks scored an impressive six from his defensive position.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have been dealt what could be a major blow in their pursuit of the next Eric Dier.