Old Firm new boy says Rangers will bounce back for their fans

Win­dass be­lieves there’s no need to panic as Ibrox side have plenty time to get their sea­son back on track

The Herald - Herald Sport - - SPFL PREMIERSHIP - SCOTT MULLEN

IT was the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence that would have re­duced a lesser man to a quiv­er­ing, blub­ber­ing mess. Last Satur­day’s Old Firm trounc­ing of Rangers didn’t of­fer up much joy to those in­side Park­head wear­ing something blue, in­stead prob­a­bly leav­ing most in the away sec­tion won­der­ing why they had longed to get to the end of the so-called “Jour­ney” for the last four years.

It was a 5-1 score­line but it was an­other per­for­mance that demon­strated Rangers have still to fire on their ar­rival in the Ladbrokes Premier­ship.

While the ex­pe­ri­ence will be something those Rangers sup­port­ers will want to ban­ish from their mem­o­ries, for Josh Win­dass, it was a land­mark mo­ment in his ca­reer from which he was still able to ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tives.

Fol­low­ing his move from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley in the sum­mer, the son of for­mer Aberdeen hero Dean was one of the few bright lights for Mark War­bur­ton’s team against Celtic as he was favoured in­stead of Andy Halliday in the mid­dle of the park next to that man Joey Bar­ton.

Yes the re­sult and team per­for­mance was ob­vi­ously not what Win­dass would have wished for in his first Old Firm derby.

Yet the con­fi­dent 22-year-old shows no signs of be­ing scarred by the or­deal.

“To be hon­est, after the game I just wanted to play it again the day after,” he said.

“I loved ev­ery minute of it. I know we lost the game but ex­pe­ri­ence and ev­ery­thing, I loved ev­ery minute of it.

“As a foot­baller you want to play in those games. It was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life so far. We got beat and it was hor­ri­ble but I can’t wait for the next game and the one after that. But un­til then we will take it game by game.

“The lads have been here long enough and they know the ex­pec­ta­tions.

“They be­lieve in them­selves. You’re not at Rangers if you are not a good player.

“The con­fi­dence will still be there and while last week­end won’t be for­got­ten about we can push on un­til the end of the sea­son.”

Win­dass has only played four games for Rangers but al­ready the English­man has learned how fail­ure, or even a draw, can be re­ceived by an Ibrox sup­port that are strug­gling to tem­per their burn­ing as­pi­ra­tions to see their side great again with the re­al­ity that, this sea­son at least, con­sol­i­da­tion is a much more likely tar­get than a ti­tle chal­lenge.

With that in mind, Rangers go into this af­ter­noon’s home match with Ross County – the High­landers’s first ever at Ibrox – know­ing a re­ac­tion, in some shape of form, must be shown to re­as­sure those in the stands that last week­end was the blip they hope it was.

He said: “It’s five games in and I heard Kenny [Miller] say once in an interview that Rangers had won the league when they were seven points be­hind with five games left.

“We’ve still got over 30 games left so to say we are out of the ti­tle race is a ridicu­lous state­ment.

“Last year at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley was to­tally dif­fer­ent.

“We had the low­est bud­get in the league and we didn’t ex­pect to win ev­ery game.

“It was dif­fer­ent be­cause here you could be 2-0 up at half time and still get booed off if you are not play­ing well. But the fans are good when you are win­ning. But you have to keep win­ning to keep them happy. It was a bad de­feat, we recog­nise that.

“But be­cause we lost to Celtic it’s made out to be a lot worse than it ac­tu­ally is.

“We are only five games into the sea­son, there are a lot of new play­ers at the club and there’s a long way to go.”

BEST FOOT FOR­WARD: Josh Win­dass of Rangers and Scott Brown of Celtic jos­tle for pos­ses­sion dur­ing the Ladbrokes Scot­tish Pre­mier league match.

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