Whist Josh Windass’ time at Ibrox might not have played out in the way he would have hoped, there is no doubt that his signing turned into an excellent financial decision by Rangers, with Steven Gerrard perhaps happy to see him leave when he did.
The midfielder joined the Light Blues on a free transfer from Accrington Stanley in the summer of 2016 after a superb season in League Two for John Coleman’s side, when he contributed 16 goals and five assists in 32 appearances, helping them to a spot in the playoffs.
He would go on to make 73 appearances for Rangers, contributing 19 goals and 13 assists, the majority of which came in the 2018/19 season after a less than impressive debut campaign with the Teddy Bears.
His performances that season were enough to convince Wigan Athletic to pay £2.5m for him in the summer of 2018, which represented an excellent deal for Rangers,, considering he was valued at just £585k by Transfermarkt at the time.
Wigan’s financial troubles would later see him join Sheffield Wednesday and despite a decent return of seven goals and five assists in the Championship this season, the Yorkshire side are in serious danger of relegation to League One.
Windass is now valued at just £1.44m by Transfermarkt, which again emphasises just how well former Rangers sporting director Mark Allen did to sell him for £2.5m in 2018.
Considering Windass only really showed glimpses of his ability in his second season with the club and they were able to sell him for a significant profit, you would struggle to find too many Rangers fans who were devastated to see him leave back in 2018, especially as he often responded to criticism from Gers’ fans online in a slightly controversial manner.
Therefore, you could definitely argue that Allen delivered a masterclass in signing him on a free transfer from Accrington Stanley, in the first place, as well as negotiating an excellent deal with Wigan just two years later.