Rangers attacker Josh Windass has sent a heartfelt message to fans after the “heartbreak” of Sunday’s Old Firm defeat by Celtic left the Gers’ facing an impossible task to stop their rivals winning a seventh successive Scottish Premiership title.

Windass scored a third-minute opener for the Gers after robbing Dedryck Boyata then firing beyond Scott Bain to blow the roof off Ibrox and leave Gers fans hoping for their first league win over their bitter rivals in six years.

Brendan Rodgers’ side pegged the Gers back twice before scoring a third through substitute Odsonne Edouard to seal a 3-2 win and turn the remaining league games into a formality.

Windass apologised to fans for the result and admitted the players had gone through “every emotion” during the much-anticipated clash.

“The euphoria of going ahead then the heartbreak of losing, every emotion you can have in football we had today, sorry we couldn’t take advantage but your support was absolutely incredible,” Windass said on his personal Twitter account.

Windass’ strike takes him level with Alfredo Morelos as the Gers’ top goalscorer with 17 goals so far this season.

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The 24-year-old recently signed a new contract to keep him at Ibrox until the summer of 2021 after a fantastic second season in Scotland.

The attacker joined the Light Blues in 2016 from Accrington Stanley but struggled to make an impact on the starting XI in an unfamiliar central midfield role.

Football Insider verdict:

A slight change from Windass’ usual Twitter content but it is clear Sunday’s defeat was a hammer blow to the players. The Gers had a golden opportunity to secure three points and really put some pressure on Celtic going into the final run of games. The Light Blues will need to pick themselves up ahead of the weekend’s clash with Kilmarnock and get ready for next month’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden if they are going to end the club’s seven-year wait for a major trophy. Despite scoring early, Windass’ performance wasn’t good enough for Rangers and really needs to up his game at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has given his instant Twitter verdict on Sunday’s Old Firm thriller and named his man of the match

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