EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Josh Windass has sensationally asked to leave Rangers after the club failed to keep a promise of giving him new deal during the transfer window, Football Insider sources understand.
Windass, 24, was linked with a number of clubs during the January transfer window with Rangers rejecting bids from Sheffield United, Preston North End and Wigan Athletic, while the likes of Leeds United and Hull City were also credited with an interest in the attacker.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers promised the attacking midfielder a new deal in January as reward for his fine form and as a result of turning down offers from interested suitors, but that offer of a new contract has not been forthcoming.
Windass, who has a contract at Rangers until 2020, was promised a bumper new deal to warn off his suitors and reflect his importance in Graeme Murty’s side, but, with no deal on the table, the player feels the club have broken promises to him and he has indicated to them he plans to leave at the end of the season.
The news will come as a major blow for Rangers with Windass establishing as a key man in Murty’s side with the 24-year-old scoring nine goals in his last 14 games in all competitions following his hat-trick in the Scottish Cup win over Fraserburg in midweek.
Windass’ contract situation is sure to alert his suitors in England and the former Accrington midfielder is sure to have no shortage of offers to leave Rangers this summer.
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.