Rangers have announced that Josh Windass has penned a one-year extension to his current contract this afternoon, tying him to the Ibrox club until 2021.
And while the Englishman has made a habit of dabbling with the controversial thus far during his Rangers career, there are plenty of reasons for why the club have secured his seemingly bright future.
Upon his arrival in the summer of 2016, alongside fellow Accrington player Matt Crooks, Windass was expected to hit the ground running.
However, the 24-year-old was immediately hampered with injuries and struggled to find his feet in Scottish football.
That player is simply unrecognisable to the Ibrox faithful now though, as Windass has transformed under Graeme Murty, becoming one of the club’s top performers this season.
So, with that in mind, here’s a look at why the club have handed him an extension:
1. He’s Found an End Product
Windass, signed during Mark Warburton’s time as manager, made a seriously unconvincing start to his Rangers career… one that continued even when Pedro Caixinha took the reigns at Ibrox.
When he wasn’t injured or warming the bench, Windass failed to offer much going forward and his mazey runs often ended in a more anti-climatic fashion than Joey Barton’s time north of the border.
Windass gave the ball away a lot – something Rangers fans are still accusing him of to this day – and he equally struggled to add any sort of end product to his game.
Something has clicked with Windass in the second half of this season though and he’s essentially transformed into a major goal threat for Rangers, having netted 12 goals in 30 appearances.
An exciting player with the confidence to run at the opposition is one thing, but having the right mentality to turn that into goals is something else entirely.
2. He’s Been There in the Big Games
Just talking pish then.
1 assist at home to Aberdeen
Goal away to Aberdeen
Goal away to Hibs
Goal away to Hearts
Another assist at home to Aberdeen
But aye isnt there in the big games. Talking out your arse.
— TheSPFLRadar (@TheSPFLRadar) February 6, 2018
For a player with limited experience in the top-flight of Scottish football, Windass has always came to the fore when Rangers have played teams at the top end of the league.
Granted, he’s yet to contribute in an Old Firm derby, but his record against the rest of the Scottish Premiership is not to be scoffed at.
3. He Has to Expand on His Snapchat Adventures
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4. He Can Still Get Better
Windass may be adding goals to his game and performing at a higher level this season but it still feels like there’s more to come from him in a Rangers jersey.
Murty said earlier this month that the wide-man needs to trust his team-mates more, perhaps hinting that the 24-year-old could become a better player if he learns to pass, especially in scenarios where he’s lost the ball this season.
It’s also worth mentioning that Windass has only really turned it on since Caixinha left the club, meaning it will be interesting to see whether he has the engine to produce consistently over a full season next year.
He also needs more time to gel with players like Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty.
5. Oh, and He Needs More Time to Learn About Chickens/Hens
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