It’s hard to think of a player who has split the Rangers support more than young Yorkshireman Josh Windass.
This has come even more to the fore after reported £2mn interest from Ipswich Town this morning.
On one side, fans see him as an unpolished gem with clear ability but some way to go. Someone who can score and create goals, who is a direct runner and who can strike fear into the opposition.
On the other, some fans feel he’s selfish and a hindrance to the collective success of the team. They see him as a fussy, moody player with an attitude which doesn’t quite match his ability.
Complaints on social media and in the stands clearly got to Windass last season, who was forced into apologising after shushing the Rangers fans following a goal against Partick Thistle.
This love-hate relationship with the Gers faithful has thrown up transfer rumour after transfer rumour, with none ever materialising.
Gerrard said earlier in the season that Windass will very much play a part in the team. After a selfless, leggy performance at the weekend, there’s renewed optimism from some parts about what he has to offer. Under Gerrard, Windass has bulked up and looks more focused than ever.
With young English players going for so much down South, perhaps Rangers would be better served being patient with Windass than getting rid. Not just for his potential as a player, but also as an asset to the club.
He’s clearly got ability, contributing 18 goals between scoring and assists last season. At 24, he is just about to enter his prime. He could be a Premiership quality player within the next year or so. He’s clearly well thought of below the Border.
The club have also never quite found his best position, and I believe this will be a make or break season for him.
Rangers would be foolish to let a player with obvious talent, but glaring immaturity, go so cheap. It’s worth being patient.