Josh Windass still 'loves' Rangers and would walk into Philippe Clement's team

Ex-Rangers star Josh Windass
Ex-Rangers star Josh Windass -Credit:Getty

Andy Halliday reckons Josh Windass would walk into Rangers' current team.

Windass, 30, divided the Ibrox faithful during his two years in Glasgow before departing in a £2million move to Wigan in 2018. The attacking midfielder infamously riled a section of fans after scoring away to Partick Thistle, gesturing towards the crowd as he raised a finger to his lips. Windass failed to win a single medal during his time at Gers as Brendan Rodgers' Treble-winning Celtic dominated Scottish football but the ex-Accrington Stanley star left with a respectable 19 goals to his name.

Now at Sheffield Wednesday, Windass scored seven goals for the Owls to help save them from Championship relegation but is out of contract this summer. And while not touting his old teammate for a return to Ibrox, Halliday insists Windass would be a starter under Philippe Clement.

Firstly asked about THAT goal celebration in the wake of Fabio Silva's gestures at the weekend, Halliday told Open Goal: "Josh had a decent season. Although you think what is he doing, you can accept it a wee bit more because he probably thinks 'I'm playing better than boys who have been murder and who haven't been getting stick, I've got 15 goals and playing alright.'

"He got caned [in the dressing room]. And then you would get the picture of it, it'd be on the group chat and you'd just hammer him for it. He wouldn't care.

"I tell you what, he's flying just now. He's a good player. Josh would play for Rangers just now, in this team. I think so. Josh is a good player. He's rapid. He was reliable, always available for games and very rarely injured. He did well in a lot of games as well."

Ex-Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew shared a dressing room with Windass during his brief loan stint at Wigan in 2019 and revealed the midfielder would always talk about Rangers.

Mulgrew said: "Aye, loves Rangers. He loves Rangers. He loved the mentality up here, that's what he missed when I found him at Wigan. Down south, there's not the expectations for as many teams, it's more 50/50 amongst the teams and budgets. When he was up here, he loved the fact he had to win every game, loved that demand."