'Not seen the best of him' - Josh Windass delivers verdict on Rangers 23-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Josh Windass has told that Rangers have not yet seen the best of teammate Matt Crooks after the pair joined in the summer.
Both Windass and Crooks joined the club under previous manager Mark Warburton from League Two outfit Accrington Stanley after agreeing pre-contract deals at the club.
Windass, 23, has struggled for a consistent run in the first team in his debut season and has started just one league match in 2017.
Meanwhile, Crooks, also 23 played just three times for the Gers before being sent out to League One side Scunthorpe on a loan deal in January.
He had impressed at the English third tier side before an injury cut his time short at the club and Windass has supported his close teammate by suggesting he can replicate that form with Rangers and become a “big, big player” if he remains fit.
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“Yeah, I think he’s been really unfortunate,” told Windass speaking to the Rangers podcast.
“He’s a top player and I think we’ve not seen the best of him, but he could be a big, big player for us if he gets himself fit and does everything right and hopefully everyone can see the best of him next season.”
Crooks is best known for his role as a defensive midfielder, which is currently a position Rangers are struggling in with the much maligned Andy Halliday often taking up the role.
The young Crooks has certainly impressed while playing in England and although only playing once at Championship level manager Pedro Caixinha may want to take a further look at him ahead of the next campaign.
It is likely Rangers will be qualifying for next season’s Europa League as they sit in third spot with four matches left, but the Ibrox giants will still be keen to improve their personnel over the summer and try and plug the gap with leaders Celtic.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are keen on this 11-time capped international who was a boyhood fan of the club.