Rangers legend has advice for club regarding Matt Crooks and Josh Windass

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Rangers should try to get Matt Crooks and Josh Windass from Accrington Stanley now instead of waiting until the summer, suggests Derek Johnstone.

Derek Johnstone has explained in The Glasgow Evening Times why Rangers should try to sign Josh Windass and Matt Crooks now instead of waiting until the summer.

As reported by BBC Sport, Rangers have signed pre-contract agreements with the Accrington Stanley duo.

Rangers legend Johnstone has suggested that the Scottish Championship outfit should try to bring in the youngsters now instead of waiting until the end of the season.

“If a deal can be done and Rangers can reach an agreement to get them in the coming weeks, that would benefit the squad this season and be a real help for the two lads in terms of their preparations for what will hopefully be a Premiership campaign next term,” the former Scotland international has written in The Glasgow Evening Times.

“They would have a chance to play their part in going for the title and then have a chance to bed in rather than coming up in the summer when they only have a matter of weeks before the new season.”

Windass is a talented young midfielder and is only 21 years of age. The Englishman has been on the books of Stanley since 2013 when he joined them from Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Crooks started his professional club football career at Huddersfield Town and moved to Stanley on a permanent contract in February 2015.

The 21-year-old is a versatile player who can play as a defender, a midfielder or a striker. Neither Windass nor Crooks would be able to break into the Rangers starting lineups right away, but they are certainly talented enough to play for the Gers in the long term.

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