Windass shares how Hearts played right into Rangers hands
By James Black
Rangers winger Josh Windass has revealed where he thinks Hearts went wrong against Rangers in their 3-1 defeat at Murrayfield – giving the Gers fans so many tickets.
Rangers fans made up 14,102 of the 32,852 at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon and Windass believes it helped the Gers in their first game since Pedro Caixinha’s sacking.
Windass scored the third goal for the Light Blues after Kenny Miller’s double had overturned a 1-0 deficit.
The former Accrington Stanley star done brilliantly to get on the end of Miller’s pass before cutting inside an firing low into the net to seal the three points.
Windass admits finding Hearts’ usual home Tynecastle a difficult place to play but found their temporary base at Murrayfield much more accommodating.
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“I think playing at Murrayfield is a bigger problem for Hearts than the opposition because it’s a beautiful stadium and with 14,000 Rangers fans, it was a great place to go to,” Windass said, as quoted by The Herald website.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a weakness for Hearts, but Tynecastle is quite hostile and a tough place to go. We went to Murrayfield and it was a nice pitch and a big stadium. It was brilliant.
“I don’t know if it was a mistake giving us so many tickets.
“They got good money for them, but it did help us a lot having 14,000 fans behind the goal shouting us on.
“It didn’t quite feel like a home game, as such but it was more like a Hampden-type game.”
The win over Hearts saw Rangers leapfrog Motherwell back into third place in the Scottish Premiership.
Graeme Murty has been put in temporary charge of the first-team following Caixinha’s sacking and takes over for the second time in 2017.
Next up for the Ibrox side is the visit of Partick Thistle on Saturday as they look to close the six-point gap to league leaders Celtic.
Second-placed Aberdeen are a point behind Brendan Rodgers’ side.
In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter to this 58-year-old’s interest in replacing Caixinha.