Wigan Athletic have signed Rangers winger Josh Windass for £2.5million plus add-ons after a late deadline day switch.

The left-sided attacker has been a much-maligned figure at Ibrox, having struggled to win over the Light Blues’ fan-base since his arrival from Accrington Stanley two years ago.

Windass, signed by Mark Warburton for £120k alongside Matt Crooks in the summer of 2016, finished last season as the second highest top scorer at the club. The Englishman also signed a contract extension back in February that tied him to Govan until 2021.

Windass fires Rangers 1-0 ahead against Celtic at Ibrox back in March (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Wigan’s seven-figure offer has been too much for the Ibrox board to turn down.

Steven Gerrard has started Windass on three occasions since taking over earlier this summer. However, the Liverpool legend clearly doesn’t see him in his long-term plans.

The former Accrington man has struggled for momentum since signing for Rangers, with fans angry at a lack of consistency.

Windass struggled for consistency throughout his two years at Ibrox (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

A purple-patch last season saw Windass threaten to top Scotland’s scoring charts. Outside of that though it’s been a struggle for the English winger to get a consistent run of form.

Gerrard’s recruitment drive this summer means that Windass’ departure doesn’t leave a big gap in the squad, with a host of talent ready to step up to the plate including Ryan Kent and Glenn Middleton.

Meanwhile, Rangers captain James Tavernier will be available to play tonight after interest from West Brom. Rangers rejected a final bid from the Championship side, meaning Tavernier will be in the squad against Maribor.

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