Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist thinks the reaction to Josh Windass’ controversial celebration after scoring in the 2-0 win over Partick Thistle is “unbelievable” and believes Gers fans need to “lighten up.”
Windass put his finger to his lips after hitting the net at Firhill on Tuesday night following criticism of his performances from fans and manager Graeme Murty.
The 24-year-old then made things worse for himself by posting a picture of him celebrating on Instagram as if to reinforce his message.
McCoist believes Windass should “just take” the stick he gets but thinks Rangers fans have also taken “great umbrage” to it.
“I have to say, all players should just take it – it goes with the territory – and move on. Some of the Rangers fans have taken great umbrage to this.
“C’mon guys, lighten up! He’s said “shush”, he’s probably done it in a light-hearted way. I’m not having a go at the Rangers fans.
“I’m just saying to everybody, ‘lighten up, he’s scored a goal, he’s said shush, calm down’. From Josh’s point of view, go and score some more goals. Now, let’s all move on.”
Murty confirmed after the Partick Thistle game that he would speak with Windass over his celebration and spent close to an hour discussing it with the player at the club’s Auchenhowie training ground on Thursday.
Windass has scored 10 times in 29 appearances so far this season but has come in for criticism over the inconsistency of his performances.
The former Accrington star was the subject of a number of bids from Championship clubs in the January transfer window although the Gers rejected them after failing to meet their valuation of the 24-year-old.
The attacker has been a near ever-present so far this season after only missing three of 32 games this campaign.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.