Dean Windass backs his son to emulate Paul Gascoigne's Rangers career and knock on the international door

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The retired striker is certainly piling the pressure on the Accrington Stanley star.

Dean Windass has piled the pressure on his son Josh after making some bold predictions regarding the Accrington Stanley midfielder's potential, after he agreed a deal to join Rangers at the end of the season, the Daily Record reports.

The 21-year-old reached a pre-contract agreement for a four-yeal deal with the Gers yesterday (via Record). And with the number eight shirt set to be vacant when the former Huddersfield Town trainee arrives in the summer - with Gedion Zelalem set to head back to Arsenal at the conclusion of his loan spell - Windass has suggested that his son may well take the number, before explaining why it would be a special shirt for Josh to wear.

"I'd love to see Josh wearing the No.8 shirt which he wears for Accrington. He's always liked the No.8," he told the Record.

"It's ironic because my hero was Gazza and I played against him 10 or 11 times. I've become a good friend of Paul's so if Josh can emulate what Paul did for Rangers he won't be doing too badly."

As if challenging his son to emulate the tremendous spell that Gascoigne enjoyed during his time at Ibrox wasn't enough, Windass has also predicted that playing for the Scottish Championship leaders will see the midfielder move into the international reckoning. 

"I said last season I believe Josh will play for England before he is 25, 26. The environment he'll be in at Rangers with good players will help him get 
international recognition because he’ll get the ball," he added.

While Windass has been exceptional for his current side - with his 10 goals in 22 games helping Stanley move into promotion contention in League Two - moving to a club of Rangers' size is a huge step up. Given their history and stature, the fans will be expecting the side to be challenging at the very top of the Scottish game in the near future, and perhaps looking to reassert themselves on the European stage also.  

But if Windass can come close to replicating what Gascoigne achieved during his time with the club - winning two Premiership titles, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup while also being awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1996 - then it will surely not be long before Rangers are back where they feel they belong.  

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