By Richard Parks
Mark Warburton is convinced that Josh Windass can develop into a world beater while he is at Rangers as he still has major room for improvement.
In an interview with the Scottish Sun, the former Ibrox manager looked back on the players he brought to the club during his 20-month reign and highlighted Windass, 24, as one of his best signings.
The attacking midfielder had a mixed first season following his arrival from Accrington Stanley in the summer of 2016 as part of a double deal with Matt Crooks that cost the Glasgow giants £200,000.
But Windass has nailed down a regular starting role this season and has emerged as one of the team’s key men, scoring 12 goals and supplying eight assists from 30 matches in all competitions.
“Josh is earning rave reviews and has added goals to his game,” said Warburton to the Scottish Sun. “But, trust me, he’s still got loads more development in him.
“Frank made me and David Weir very aware of Josh and Matt. For various reasons it didn’t work out for Matt and I was sorry about that.
“Josh, though, is flourishing now and he has become a very valuable asset for Rangers.
“I trusted Frank’s judgment on him implicitly. We saw Josh and immediately liked him. He’s got power, pace and an eye for goal.
“He’s got lots of learning to do, with and without the ball. He’s far from the finished article but everyone is now seeing how good Josh can be.”
Windass was linked with a return to England in the January window amid interest from a number of Championship and League One clubs.
But the versatile attacker stayed put and it has been suggested that he could soon open talks on a new contract with Rangers.