Mark Warburton was reportedly hoping to complete a deal for the Accrington star in January.
Mark Warburton had hoped to land the midfielder, as well as his teammate Matt Crooks, on pre-contract terms in January, the Daily Record reports; but it appears that the Hoops and Warburton's former club are plotting a swoop of their own for the talented 21-year-old.
Windass has been exceptional for Stanley this season. His ten goals in the league makes him the team's top goalscorer and has helped his side stun everyone by putting themselves well into the promotion mix. Sitting fifth, should they win both of their games in hand they have over all of the teams above them, they could go second, just two points behind leaders Northampton.
However, their chances of capitalising on their brilliant start will be severely hampered if they lose Windass during the January window - although a pre-contract deal would see him remain at the Crown Ground for the rest of the season.
Like Accrington however, all three sides chasing his signature are fighting their own promotion battles, and thus may want their potential signing available to them from January.