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Steven Gerrard explains Josh Windass departure

Rangers saw one of their players depart Ibrox yesterday on deadline-day in England and Steven Gerrard has revealed why he let it happen.

The Light Blues were in action yesterday as they took a 3-1 lead away from their Europa League clash with NK Maribor.

However, earlier in the day, they saw Josh Windass complete a switch to Wigan Athletic in a deal thought to be worth £2million.

And, according to a report by The Daily Record, Gerrard spoke with the player and decided to let him make the decision he felt best.

“Wigan got to a number the board were happy with and they put the decision in the hands of me and Mark Allen,” he told the Daily Record.

“I spoke to Josh and asked what he wanted to do and he made it clear he wanted to speak to Wigan. I wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way if they want to play for another team in their favourite position.

“Josh wants to be a number nine every game for Rangers and I couldn’t guarantee that. I could guarantee him football matches but maybe in different positions and formations.

“Maybe Wigan boss Paul Cook said he could be a number nine every week and that may have triggered his decision.

“Josh is a good boy and we got on well, but he wanted to speak and I don’t want to stand in his way if that’s what he wants.”

The Verdict:

With all the signings that Gerrard made at Rangers this summer, it will remain to be seen if Windass will be a miss.

The former Accrington Stanley forward scored 18 goals across all competitions last season, with 13 of them coming in the Scottish Premiership in what was a difficult year for the club.

However, with Gerrard’s inability to guarantee the 24-year-old his preferred position in the Light Blues squad, Windass must have felt a move would be best for his career.

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