Between 2016 and 2018, Glasgow Rangers didn’t exactly have the greatest record in the Premiership. The Ibrox outfit lost nine matches in 2016/2017 and ten the season after as they finished third behind Celtic and Aberdeen in both campaigns.
It wasn’t the greatest time to be a Rangers supporter, and there were very few positives. However, Josh Windass – signed by Mark Warburton in 2016 – was one of the bright sparks.
Having agreed a pre-contract in January 2016 to join the club on a free in the summer, he scored 19 goals and registered 13 assists across his two full seasons before Steven Gerrard ruthlessly sold him to Wigan in 2018 for a fee of £2.5m – which represented a solid profit.
Initially, the move seemed a good fit for both parties, and the player was largely forgotten in Glasgow. His spell at Wigan yielded nine goals, but it has been his performances at Sheffield Wednesday recently which have raised an eyebrow, especially with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side struggling in the midfield department.
This season, Windass has played 15 matches, scored four goals, and grabbed a further four assists while averaging an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.26 – ranking him as his side’s second-best performer – as the Owls are flying high in League One.
His goal contributions have been solid, but it is his creative output that Rangers could badly do with at present. The attacking midfielder has created five big chances and makes 1.5 key passes per match, with only Borna Barisic matching the big chances created in the Rangers side.
Clambering for a Windass return might be clutching at straws for the vast majority of Rangers fans, however, the stats clear for all to see.
The Ibrox side are struggling massively at the moment, and perhaps Gerrard bit the bullet on Windass a tad too soon, especially with his displays this season in particular.
George Smith, a writer for the Manchester Evening News, praised a recent goal Windass scored this month, with the player netting an “excellent free kick” in a match they won 3-0.
Gerrard didn’t make too many mistakes in the transfer market, but not giving Windass a chance in his Rangers side and selling him prematurely might just be one of them.