'Transformed', 'Turned his career' - Rangers fans change their minds about first teamer
By James Black
Rangers midfielder Josh Windass made a spectacular return from injury in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Dundee, scoring one and setting up another, after coming on as a second-half substitute – and fans were delighted with his performance.
Windass had a difficult first season at Ibrox, being played out of position constantly and suffering a number of injuries.
The former Accrington Stanley star has turned things around this season with a number of impressive displays before sustaining bruised ribs which forced him to miss the win at Ross County.
The 23-year-old replaced Niko Kranjcar yesterday after 54 minutes and quickly grabbed Rangers’ second goal with a bullet header from Daniel Candeias’ inch-perfect cross.
Rangers fans were impressed with Windass’ attacking play after coming off the bench, leading to calls for him to be restored to the starting XI for Friday’s trip to Partick Thistle.
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Here are some of their comments:
Never thought I would hear me saying this but Windass deserves a spot ahead of Niko and Miller needs to drop out and be used as a impact sub
— WirelessWullie Loyal (@tomtom1872) September 10, 2017
Windass assist for Penas goal is class too. He changed the game when he came on. Gave us balance.
— Gregco (@Gregco5088) September 10, 2017
Great to see windass turn it around this season great player with plenty more to come
— Graeme Chisholm (@cheesyrfc) September 10, 2017
How much has Windass turned his career at Rangers round in the first few games of the season, potentially a key player now
— Big Wes (@MacKodi) September 10, 2017
And windass for kranjcar
— David (@DJH_EK) September 10, 2017
Jack! Buffalo breaking the deadlock! Big critic of Windass but is showing more of what he can do and played well
— RJ (@_RJ1872) September 10, 2017
Windass was a constant threat down the left and turned provider when he laid-off Carlos Pena for the Mexican to grab his first goal since joining the club.
After joining with Matt Crooks in a double swoop, Windass has been used right across the midfield but has shone since being moved to left wing.
It’s a dramatic turnaround with Windass expected to have been one of the first to leave during the summer when Pedro Caixinha rebuilt the squad he inherited from Mark Warburton.
With Rangers’ move for Jamie Walker breaking down on deadline day, Windass will have more time to impress at left wing although he likely faces competition from new signing Declan John.
In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha raved about this 21-year-old’s performance against Dundee.