COMMENT By Richard Parkes
Little wonder Josh Windass has the hump with Rangers.
As Football Insider revealed earlier today, the attacking midfielder has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him new deal during the transfer window.
Windass is contracted to the Light Blues until the summer of 2020, which many fans might view as plenty enough security for an increasingly key asset.
But the 24-year-old was promised a new deal last month after Rangers rejected bids from a string of clubs keen to take him back to his native England, including Sheffield United, Preston North End and Wigan Athletic, while the likes of Leeds United and Hull City were also interested in signing him.
That new deal, which, naturally would have included improved terms including a pay hike, has not transpired.
The word from Windass’ camp is that the player wanted a deal that reflects his growing importance to the side, which was further emphasised when his hat-trick in the Scottish Cup win over Fraserburg in midweek took his tally to nine goals in the last 14 matches in all competitions.
Those are the kind of statistics a centre-forward would be proud of, never mind an attacking midfielder.
With no deal forthcoming, Windass is fuming and has let that be known to the powers-that-be.
The Rangers hierarchy are basking in the afterglow of some impressive January deals that has left the team stronger at the end of the window than at the start.
But they have miscalculated badly by ignoring the Windass situation. He has really got to grips with Scottish football and is an asset they can ill afford to lose.
Why make a promise over a new contract and then not stick to it? Why laid the foundations for potential ill will from such a key player? Why make Graeme Murty’s tough job already even more difficult.
Some Rangers fans will dismiss the Windass stance as gossip, post-window scaremongering or irrelevant due to the length of his contract. That would be a mistake.
It reflects badly on the hierarchy and they could now pay the significant cost of a player who is agitating for a summer move.
This is so unnecessary and could so easily have been avoided.
In other Rangers transfer news, we can reveal the identity of the 12-goal striker who the Light Blues tried to sign in the final hours of deadline day.
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COMMENT By Richard Parkes