In Focus: Windass and John connection can be a winner on Rangers’ left flank

Speaking to the official Rangers website, Light Blues star Josh Windass has revealed what he’s finding difficult and what he’s eager to work on right now under Pedro Caixinha.

What’s the story?

Windass has had something of a re-birth this season on the left flank. Bereft of alternative choices after the departure of Barrie McKay to Nottingham Forest, Caixinha wasn’t left with much of a choice but to deploy the 23-year-old out wide, but it’s a move that has provided more positives than negatives to the first-team so far.

The midfielder has now opened up what’s been finding difficult about the role, including the change of personnel behind him, and what he needs improve upon, noting that the Rangers boss has been working him hard to get the required results.

As quoted by the official Rangers website, Windass said:

It has been difficult recently because I have had Waldo one game, Hods the game after and then Dec too. I am getting used to different partners but I am enjoying it. The things I have had to work on are defensively, my attacking play speaks for itself so it’s not really that I need to work on, it is more helping the full-backs and getting closer to the midfield. The gaffer is on me day in and day out to improve that.

Can he continue to improve in the position and combine with his teammates to make the left flank of Rangers one of its strongest areas?

Partnerships

Windass noted that he’s had to combine with a variety of left-backs over the last while, with injuries taking their toll on the players available to the Rangers manager. However, it’s perhaps the introduction of Declan John that has been most exciting for Light Blues fans recently.

The Cardiff City loanee has combined well with Windass in recent appearances, especially against Hamilton when the midfielder provided the assist for John’s second goal of the game.

With Windass’ propensity for moving inside, it’s allowed natural space for the ambitious defender to run into, to devastating effect.

If this connection can be worked on and improved over the coming weeks in important matches, then Rangers will have a potent partnership.