Rangers ace Josh Windass admits Warburton tactical decision left him baffled
Rangers attacker Josh Windass has admitted he “was always confused” by former Gers boss Mark Warburton’s refusal to play him as a number 10 and instead use him as a holding midfielder.
Warburton signed the 24-year-old alongside Matt Crooks from Accrington in June 2016 but failed to get the best out of either – with Warburton and Crooks departing the club in short order.
Windass has since been moved further forward; first by Pedro Caixinha who used him as a left winger before Graeme Murty moved him centrally.
Murty’s decision has been rewarded with 16 of the 17 goals scored by Windass this season coming after Murty replaced Caixinha in October.
The Gers star admitted he has told “hundreds of people” that number 10 was where the Gers signed him to play and thinks his form since being moved has shown he was right.
“I’ve told hundreds of people Rangers signed me to play in this position,” Windass said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“I was always a bit confused why they didn’t play me in the position they signed me for.
“Getting the chance to do it has proved me right really. I spoke to the coaches about it quite a lot. I asked if I could play there, but I’m not one to say ‘If I’m not playing there I’m not going to play’.
“I played a lot of games under different managers and learned different positions. It can only benefit my overall game.”
The 24-year-old has made 62 appearances for the Ibrox giants since moving north and was named the Scottish Premiership player of the month for February after scoring five times in five games.
Windass scored the opening goal in last weekend’s Old Firm clash with Celtic to take him level with Alfredo Morelos as the club’s top goalscorer on 17.
After attracting interest from a number of English Championship sides in January, Windass signed an extension to his contract that will now see him stay at Ibrox until 2021.
Football Insider verdict:
There’s no doubt Windass is a much better player further forward although there’s still a long way for him to go before he can think he’s close to cementing it as his own. The 24-year-old’s goals are often countered by poor performances and despite hitting the net 17 times this season there are some who think he simply doesn’t do enough to merit his near-constant starts. Either way, Windass has taken a step towards being proven to being right but needs to do it over a much more prolonged period to start shouting from the rooftops about it.
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