‘Legend’ – Windass hails returning hero, delivers honest verdict on Rangers title credentials
By Guy Giles
Young Rangers midfielder Josh Windass has admitted that his side have not played well enough to be challenging for the Premiership title.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Windass said that Rangers must improve if they want to close the gap on the league leaders.
Rangers currently sit in third after their 3-1 comeback win over Hearts at Murrayfield, five points behind second-placed Aberdeen and six behind unbeaten leaders Celtic.
The Gers have endured a tumultuous season so far after manager Pedro Caixinha was sacked after a poor start, with Graeme Murty taking over as caretaker.
Murty’s first game in charge saw them go behind to a spectacular Kyle Lafferty free kick, but a double from returning striker Kenny Miller and a goal from Windass secured a vital victory that reignited Rangers’ title push.
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However Windass, who has enjoyed a solid season so far, admits that they have a long way to go if they want to close the gap on the top two.
“We haven’t played anywhere near to our capabilities and the performances and results have proved that.
“We are not getting ahead of ourselves. We know we don’t have a right to be top of the league. We’ve got to earn it,” he said.
Windass hopes that the turnaround against Hearts can propel Gers to greater heights, and admitted that the victory had a big effect on the dressing room.
He said: “This will give us a bit of confidence. Hearts are one of the top teams in the division so it’s a good boost for us to come here and win quite convincingly.
“There were a lot of smiling faces, a lot of music being played and it seems good to me. It’s a good dressing room.”
Windass also lauded his teammate and captain against Hearts, Kenny Miller, after the veteran striker returned from a spell on the bench with two goals.
“He could have easily downed tools, I guess, but he kept professional, kept training hard and he showed his fitness by playing 80-odd minutes here.
“He’s a legend at this club and the lads look up to him.”