Profit Players: Josh Windass

Profit Players: Josh Windass

Rangers supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the last few hours after seeing their side hold on for a draw in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with Spanish outfit Villarreal very much in contention for qualification to the knockout stages, although ideally needing something from the visit of the La Liga club to enhance their qualification hopes. And the Gers earned a credible 0-0 draw at Ibrox on Thursday night despite playing much of the match with ten men, with Daniel Candeias’ red card far from helping their cause, although the point did move them up to third place in Group G.

Thus, there have been many satisfied Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side as the season wears on after the relatively busy summer transfer window their team embarked upon.

On the whole, the Gers hierarchy were praised for the business they conducted, although there were some raised eyebrows when they sanctioned the departure of attacker Josh Windass to Wigan Athletic for just £1.98 million (as per Transfermarkt).

And with the Englishman having shone for the Light Blues last term, many felt that it was a decision that could come back to bite Gerrard and his side, but the Liverpool legend is well on his way to being proven right over the questionable departure.

Ultimately, while Windass did appear to have a strained relationship with Rangers supporters, the 24-year-old was outstanding for the club last season in netting 18 goals and laying on eight assists in all competitions, eventually finishing their joint highest goal-scorer alongside fellow star Alfredo Morelos.

Thus, the Light Blues were set to lose a lot of goals and a lot of creativity in letting the attacker leave during the summer, but given he has since struggled to make a meaningful impact at Wigan, and Rangers themselves haven’t lost a great deal in the final third, Gerrard is certainly being proven right over letting him go.

Windass has only netted twice in 16 Championship appearances for Paul Cook’s Wigan this season and none of those have come in his last six games, while Gerrard’s Rangers have been scoring goals for fun in the Scottish Premiership recently with ten in their last two games, and 20 in their last six.

So not only have Rangers seemingly done well to get £1.98 million out of a player who has yet to hit the heights at the DW Stadium, but they themselves haven’t suffered at all on the pitch – if anything, they look even stronger going forward.

So while the decision to let Windass leave did raise a few eyebrows, it is looking more and more like Gerrard and the club made an inspired decision to sanction his departure during the summer.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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