It is like a broken record here at Ibrox Noise towers. We are almost sorry to keep banging on about this topic constantly, but we remain consistently at a loss to understand it.
If Rangers fans have argued non-stop this season about Pedro, formation, players, Kenny Miller and even the board we have been united almost to a Bear, Bearette and child over the continued untouchability of Josh Windass.
The less effective this lad is, the more guaranteed he seems to be to play. We have to go back to the opening 25 minutes against Celtic for the last time he looked even remotely half decent. Then back to the opening 25 minutes V Hibs for the last time before that.
Notice a pattern?
If there is one thing almost all Rangers fans have in common, it is a complete perplexion (is that even a word) over how the 23-year old attacker consistently takes up the left flank, consistently fails to deliver anything of note, then takes it up next match.
No attempt by Pedro has been made in recent weeks to change it – no restoration of Myles Beerman to the left back slot to give him another shot while Declan John takes up the left. No Declan John at LB and Aaron Nemane deployed down the side.
No, we concede it is a problem area, but the solution to that problem is not Josh Windass. Yet the worse and less effective he gets, the more happy his manager seems to be with him.
Speaking in August Pedro said:
“Josh is a nice boy and a very good player, with huge potential. We just need to work with him on the mental side in order for him to have more self confidence and to believe more in himself. We’re looking for him to have a more regular state of play and we want more from him. He played more in the wide area and I think it suits him better changing the pattern of playing wide and helping inside, playing between the lines and more connections with the strikers and central midfielders. That is what Josh can give to us and he is doing really well and is going to help us definitely and will make sure that the team and squad is more competitive by having more options for us.”
Caixinha simply will not see what everyone else does with Windass, which is a player who simply is not good enough. Candeias on the other side might not be Brian Laudrup either but he is justifying his place through hard work and mostly solid performances.
But Windass fails to convince anyone bar Pedro.
Answers on a post card folks.