Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have used the first week or so of the New Year to take a look back on their side’s fortunes in 2017, a year in which Pedro Caixinha was both hired and fired after a 39-point deficit to Old Firm rivals Celtic last season.
The Portuguese replaced the sacked Mark Warburton back in February but was unable to bridge the gap to Brendan Rodgers’ record-breaking Bhoys in the second half of last season, eventually finishing third and an astonishing 39 points adrift of the champions. And an embarrassing defeat to Progres Niederkorn in Europa League qualifying at the start of this campaign did little to raise his stock, eventually leading to his departure in November from which Graeme Murty has taken over, steadying the ship and thus earning himself the chance to shine until at least the end of the season.
Consequently, there wasn’t much to cheer about for our resident Rangers fans last year, although the rear end of 2017 was much more positive, yet a recent report from Football Insider isn’t likely to fill them with much confidence given that the club appear to be preparing for Josh Windass’ departure.
The 24-year-old has been in excellent form for the Gers this term with six goals and five assists in just 20 Scottish Premiership appearances, attracting much interest from those south of the border with some clubs reportedly making an offer a few weeks ago.
Yet recent reports suggest that the club could well be preparing for Windass’ sale this month by reportedly expressing an interest in David Cotterill, who is a free agent after leaving Birmingham City back in December.
The 30-year-old has accumulated much experience throughout his career and will surely be seeking his next adventure, with Rangers alongside a whole host of teams reportedly seeking to offer him a contract.
And with Windass possibly on his way out of Ibrox this month, it’s a contract they may seek to offer sooner rather than later.
Landlord’s verdict: Josh Windass’ form for Rangers this season has been excellent, and it’s form which has got several English sides interested in his services.
And it appears that Gers boss Graeme Murty is preparing for his departure by lining up ‘replacement’ David Cotterill, a 30-year-old free agent after ending his spell at Birmingham City in December.
And with the winger reportedly having been on the club’s radar for a while, they clearly see him as someone who can bolster their ranks, but with other sides also thought to be interested in the Wales international, it remains to be seen whether Murty can get a deal done.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!