On Jan 6 2016, Rangers confirmed the signing of Accrington Stanley’s versatile player, Josh Windass.
The attacking midfielder was coming off a superb season with Accrington Stanley in League Two as he scored 15 goals in 30 games for the club while also registering a further three. He signed with Accrington Stanley in 2013 and made his debut for the club in the FA Cup.
His first season wasn’t much to shout about for the creative player as he only made 10 appearances but in his second season he established himself as a solid first-team player as he made 35 appearances in the league, while being involved 11 goals.
He refused to sign a new deal with Stanley and therefore, he was able to sign a pre-contract agreement with Rangers in January. Here’s what the fans had to say upon his arrival at the club…
@RangersFC 4 year contracts shows faith. Good business
— Doug Mac (@ATCO31) January 6, 2016
— Fraser Munro (@fcmunro) 6 January 2016
— ANGEL ŞΔŇĐ¥ (@QueenSandy_CFC) 6 January 2016
@RangersFC smart. Now A think Accrington will take a tiny fee for them to move to us this month.
— Pocho (@DylanCassidy94) January 6, 2016
@RangersFC looks like the fantastic Frank McParland is getting to work..
— Paul Tyrrell (@TyrrellPaul) January 6, 2016
Josh Windass is a hell of a signing for Rangers. Excited to see how his career goes.
— Daniel Newton (@dan_newton95) January 6, 2016
He may not have stolen the headlines on his arrival and in fairness he didn’t have the best of seasons but he still managed to register five assists in 21 games in the league. He made his debut for the club against Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup and netted his first goal against East Stirlingshire.
Windass struggled with injury during the first-half of the season but still managed to impress when he managed to play. In his second season at the club, however, Windass became one of the best players at the club and one of the best in the league.
Playing as an attacking midfielder but also on the left, he scored 12 goals in the league while also grabbing eight assists. Overall, he finished with 18 goals in all competitions and was tied with the club’s top scorer, Alfredo Morelos.
He made the move to Wigan over the summer after two years at the club. He may not have replicated the form he showed for Rangers as of yet in Wigan but his career north of the border was impressive and the fans were right to praise his arrival.