Windass: This is what Caixinha told Rangers players about playing at Ibrox
By James Black
Rangers midfielder Josh Windass has said that playing in front of 50,000 fans at Ibrox every other week is a dream – but revealed manager Pedro Caixinha wants to make it a nightmare for opposition teams by turning Ibrox into a fortress.
The 23-year-old had a difficult start to his Rangers career after his move from Accrington Stanley last season but has impressed under Pedro Caixinha after the Portuguese manager rebuilt his squad over the summer.
Windass has found himself taking the left wing slot vacated by Barrie McKay’s transfer to Nottingham Forest and grabbed his first league goal for the club in the 4-1 win over Dundee on Saturday.
“Since the manager has come in, he has mentioned it a few times that we have got to make Ibrox our fortress,” he told the Evening Times, as quoted by their website.
“That is harder than it sounds.
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“Before you come to the club, you don’t really realise how difficult it can be to play here sometimes.
“But you are playing in front of 50,000 and that is what you dream of as a kid, to play in front of audiences like that.”
Rangers have only won one of three league games at Ibrox so far this season – drawing with Hearts and losing to Hibs before the win over Dundee – with Old Firm rivals Celtic the next visitors to the 118-year-old ground.
Before Celtic visit, however, Rangers face a league and cup double-header with Partick Thistle at Firhill and Windass is confident his teammates haven’t taken their focus off Thistle with the first Old Firm of the season just around corner, telling the Evening Times: “We have got the double header with Partick and those are the games that are on our minds at the moment.
“The lads aren’t thinking about the Celtic game.
“Hopefully we can get the three points in the league and we can get through to the cup semi-final. Then we will take the Celtic game from there.”
Rangers currently trail Celtic by three points in the Scottish Premiership but could leapfrog their rivals with a win against Partick on Friday night before Celtic host Ross County the following day.
Windass will be hoping his performance against Dundee – the midfielder scored one and set another up for Carlos Pena after coming off the bench as a second-half substitute – will be enough to earn him a place in Pedro Caixinha’s starting XI for the short trip to Firhill.
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