Rangers step up interest in Accrington duo

HITC Sport understands Rangers are stepping up their interest in Accrington duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks.

Rangers are pushing ahead with their interest in Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks as they look to win the race for the in-demand pair, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the potential deal.

The Scottish giants are among a number of clubs chasing the highly-rated pair, who have caught the eye at Accrington this season.

The midfield pair have been earning rave reviews this season with Accrington riding high in League Two, with Windass netting 11 goals in 21 appearances and Crooks notching seven in 20 appearances.

A number of Championship clubs are weighing up moves for both Windass and Crooks, but Rangers are hoping to lure the duo to Scotland.

The agent of both players was pictured at Ibrox for Tuesday's clash with Dumbarton, fuelling speculation that Rangers are at the front of the queue to land Windass and Crooks.

The duo are both in the final year of their contracts at Accrington and the club face a major battle to keep hold of them when the transfer window reopens in January.

Accrington are reluctant to lose the key pair as they look to maintain their bid for promotion, but they would find it hard to resist sizeable offers for the duo rather than risk losing them on free transfers next summer.

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