Josh Windass hungry for more goals after Celtic strike

On the goal trail: Rangers' Josh Windass. Picture: SNS Group
On the goal trail: Rangers' Josh Windass. Picture: SNS Group
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Scoring against Celtic was the best feeling Josh Windass has ever experienced and the Rangers forward is hungry for more goals.

Windass opened the scoring in last Sunday’s derby with an emphatic finish but Celtic went on to win 3-2 at Ibrox.

The defeat left Rangers nine points adrift of the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders having played a game more but Windass has plenty of targets left this season with the title seemingly out of reach.

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The former Accrington player is determined to beat Celtic at Hampden next month and go on to win the William Hill Scottish Cup, while he has personal ambitions too.

Windass picked up the Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month award for February and set his sights on claiming the top goalscorer tag in the division.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd occupies top spot ahead of his team’s trip to Ibrox on Saturday with 14 league goals, with Windass on 12 and his Rangers team-mate Alfredo Morelos in between.

Speaking about his derby goal, Windass said: “For 20 minutes or however long it lasted it was the best feeling of my life scoring a goal in a game of that magnitude.

“I have been wanting to do it for a while. It took me a few attempts but hopefully I can carry it on and keep scoring until the end of the season.

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“I was doing a show with Boydy the other week and we had a bit of banter about who is going to be top scorer so we are in a bit of a competition. As a personal note that’s my aim.”

Windass only scored one goal for Rangers last season - against East Stirlingshire in the Betfred Cup - but he claimed he harboured that ambition at the start of the campaign.

It was not until Graeme Murty took over in late October that he netted his third Rangers goal but he has never looked back. And he has flourished further since being moved to a central position after the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old, who has netted 11 goals in his last nine games, said: “I believed I could score goals playing in the right position and that’s been proven right over the second half of the season, so I’m hoping to carry it on and score even more.

“I enjoy playing any position but this position has given me licence to express my abilities and score more goals, as you can see.”

Murty is looking for a reaction from his players following their defeat to 10-man Celtic and Windass is keen to make it a lasting response.

“That was just one game,” he said. “Obviously it would have brought us closer in the league if we won but that wasn’t to be and our aim is to win the Scottish Cup.

“There is clearly still a gap because we have not beaten them yet but it’s got a lot closer and I think the games are a lot closer than they used to be.”

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