Like most of the fanbase, we here at Ibrox Noise have been rather divided by young Josh Windass. Opinions within us range from loving him to struggling to comprehend him, and frequent ire at him.
So, we have to say, the ones among us who love him can count themselves as having a potential new member, as I have to say, he has become indispensible to this Rangers cause.
When Windass first joined, I was impressed greatly by his finishing and pace, but that was pre-season 2016 when Rangers rampaged through the mighty lower league opposition of the League Cup group format.
We even put out an article suggesting the team should be built around him, and that the lad had such incredible potential; over the following 19 months though there have been ups, and downs, and we admit to a level of fickle over him as is the prerogative of football fans. We are an emotional lot and we admit that.
But today’s display nailed it for us completely. Josh Windass has become absolutely undroppable, and if we proposed back in the day about building around him, well Graeme Murty clearly is.
There was something about Windass today that we’ve just not seen before – we connected far more with him than we’ve done before, and seeing him rattle in a hat trick was the least the kid deserved.
He always seems to be in the right place to score, in the right body shape to take the shot, and but for decent goalkeeping and imperfect finishing, he could have even bagged five goals for himself.
As my colleague, a rampant Windass fan Richard has pointed out too, the lad makes plenty of assists as well, with 8 and counting so far this season. So, increasingly he is dispelling the notion of playing for himself.
Today was the day we think Windass won over the Rangers support once and for all. He has had to play out his skin and score like his life depended on it, but it so happens he’s able to – he’s able to deliver at a high level and few have thrived under Murty like he has.
We do have slight concerns about the future of Jason Cummings – we love the lad but he will never fit in in Murty’s preferred formation of 4-2-3-1, and that’s a problem.
But, we just can’t complain if the team keeps winning like this.
Just…sort that defence out would you lads?