Are Rangers Really Closing The Gap On Celtic As Windass Suggests?
Rangers forward Josh Windass has spoken out this week of his belief that his club have closed the gap on big rivals Celtic, claiming his side can be a much bigger threat this season.
The team from Govan are currently 6 points behind their Old Firm rivals having lost the first derby of the season, however, Windass reckons this squad is much better equipped to deal with Celtic and give them a good run for their money at the top of the Premiership table.
The ex-Accrington Stanley man, who scored 16 goals in 32 league games for the Lancashire side before joining Rangers last summer, struggled at times last season but has impressed most observers this time around and has made himself vital to Pedro Caixinha.
Apart from anything else, you have to love Windass’ confidence that Rangers can challenge Celtic for trophies this season. The domestic cups are a very real target for the Gers, as is European qualification, with Windass becoming vital to the cause.
Windass’ belief that the gap has closed between his own side and their cross-city rivals stems from Rangers’ ‘ new team’. He has mentioned the transition period they needed to go through, something very much in evidence when losing to Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League qualifiers.
Since then, things have improved and had it not been for a couple of key injuries, especially to Bruno Alves, maybe even the derby would have gone better.
Windass recognises, to the delight of the Rangers faithful, that every single match is important though and understands and indeed now lives up to the pressure applied, to each and every 90 minutes.
Even with that in mind though, their cup semi-final next week is seen as pivotal for the club’s future.
The only negative Windass has mentioned about the current Rangers squad is that some of the current crop cannot speak English and, while that is obviously an issue, it’s something that can be rectified and so whatever the club are doing now can only be improved upon.
So, is Windass right that the club have closed the gap on Celtic? As of right now, of course he’s not! But as sure as hell, when a footballer makes a comment, it will be exaggerated for effect. Windass knows fully well that Rangers aren’t a threat to Celtic right now in terms of the Premiership title, but they are getting there slowly and by next year we’ll see a bigger challenge again.