Report: Rangers preparing pre-contract offers to bring Josh Windass and Matt Crooks to Ibrox

Rangers are reportedly plotting contract offers for Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks.

According to the Daily Mail, Rangers are planning to offer Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks pre-contract agreements in January.

The Gers underlined just why they are favourites for the Scottish Championship title on Monday, having beaten then-nearest rivals Hibernian 4-2 at Ibrox.

Still, with Hibs and Falkirk running Rangers close, manager Mark Warburton needs to bring in new signings in January to make sure that his side get over the line and win promotion this term.

The Daily Mail report that Doncaster Rovers winger Harry Forrester is on the verge of a move to Ibrox having worked with Warburton at Brentford, but the report also claims that Rangers are plotting two more moves when the January transfer window opens in a matter of days.

It's stated that Rangers are planning to offer pre-contract agreements to Accrington pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, with both players out of contract at the end of the season.

Playmaker Windass, 21, has hit 11 goals in 24 games for Accrington this season, whilst fellow 21-year-old Crooks is a utility player, who can play in defence or midfield, and has impressed since signing for Stanley from Huddersfield earlier this year.

Some have thought that the English duo would arrive at Rangers in January, but the report suggests that the Gers are instead looking to offer them both pre-contract agreements, meaning they can join when their contracts expire at the end of the season, rather than have to try and negotiate with Accrington this month.

Both players are tipped to have big futures ahead of them, and it seems that Rangers are banking on them being long-term stars in Glasgow, hence their willingness to wait until the summer to land both Windass and Crooks.

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