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Josh Windass gives new slant on Rangers 2016-17 ambitions

By Amir Mir

Josh Windass believes Rangers don’t need to beat Celtic this season in order to win the Scottish Premiership title.

The Old Firm rivals are set to meet on two more occasions this term, following the Hoops victories in the league in September and in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday.

On both occasions, Mark Warburton’s side were comfortably beaten, losing 5-1 at Celtic Park, before a 1-0 loss at Hampden Park at the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently top of the SPL table, with 22 points from eight games, seven points ahead of their Glasgow counterparts, with a game in hand.

But, 22-year-old midfielder Windass has faith in the Gers to challenge for the title this season, following their promotion from the Championship during the last campaign.

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“In retrospect, beating Celtic doesn’t win you the league,” said Windass, as quoted by the Herald. “You would love to beat Celtic and the fans really want you to beat Celtic.

“But in the long stretch, beating Celtic four times doesn’t win you the Premiership. If we take care of business, keep picking up points, improve and close the gap on Celtic in the table, then we can challenge for the title.”

Rangers last won the league title in the 2010/11 season, but the Gers did suffer liquidation and were relegated into the fourth-tier the following season.

Since then Celtic have been crowned champions for the last five seasons, but their rivals have won more titles overall, with 54 compared to the Bhoys 47.

In other Rangers team news, striker Martyn Waghorn has delivered a two-word Twitter verdict following the Old Firm derby defeat.