Thursday, 28 June 2018

Josh Windass - stick or twist?

Josh Windass’ former Aberdeen striker dad Dean has today confirmed there is indeed an escape clause in the attacker’s contract.

Josh signed an extension only a few months ago and one would have assumed the £3M value already embedded in the old deal would have been increased such was the 24-year old’s increasing stock and superb form.

Alas, bizarrely, it was not – perhaps the retention of that clause at that value was a reason Windass signed a new deal, but his father claims he fully intends to remain at Ibrox.

It leaves us with more questions than answers.

What is Josh’s ambition? Does he want European football, 50k crowds every other week and the hotbed of the Old Firm clash?

Would he rather the higher riches of the English Premier League with newly-promoted Cardiff and the guarantee of at least six matches at huge away grounds in front of Manchester United or Liverpool crowds?

It all depends on what he wants. If Cardiff do indeed activate that clause, as is being reported, Windass will hold all the cards and be able to choose his future.

His current manager Steven Gerrard has made it abundantly clear that he sees him as an integral part of the squad, team, and club’s future – he sees the purple patch from February as a glimpse of what Windass can attain, and he wants to build around that.

But the player must be tempted by the filthy lucre of the EPL – there isn’t an English player around who doesn’t want to play in the showpiece of the world’s most lavish league, and the potential call up to the national side it could lead to.

And we completely understand that – at the end of the day if the bid comes in, Windass has to make the choice, and frankly we don’t mind which one he goes with.

If he stays we have potentially dozens of goals from midfield, plus his pace, and presumably new-found desire under Steven Gerrard. We also have a fine threat for European football, and someone who knows how to score against Celtic.

If he goes we get enough cash for another couple of players, so a good profit. We would also have a fair amount of cover in the attacking areas to compensate for his loss.

It’s down to him at the end of the day. Whatever the outcome, as long as it’s in the best interests of Rangers.

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