Dean Windass defends Rangers' contentious cut-price move to sign his son Josh

Rangers will sign Josh Windass from Accrington this summer.

Dean Windass has told The Scottish Sun that if Accrington wanted a higher fee for his son Josh Windass, they should've offered him a better contract.

Josh Windass, 22, had been on the books with Huddersfield Town, but having been released by the Terriers, he moved on to Harrogate Railway - and his impressive displays earned him a move to Accrington.

With six goals last season, Windass emerged as one of the top young players in the Football League, but really exploded onto the scene this season.

Windass has racked up 16 goals for promotion-chasing Accrington, but he is in the final few weeks of his career with Stanley - much to the annoyance of many.

In January, the playmaker signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers, meaning he will leave Accrington for Ibrox at the end of his contract this summer, having snubbed the offer of a new deal with Stanley.

Because Rangers are outside of England, Accrington are entitled to much less compensation than they would be if he had signed for an English club, and the deal has received criticism both from Accrington and from other executives in England, including Peterborough's Darragh MacAnthony.

Now, Windass' father Dean - who played for Hull City in the Premier League - has defended the move, telling The Scottish Sun that if Accrington wanted a higher fee, they should have offered him a better contract, and he advised his son to leave for bigger and better things.

"The way Josh was playing at the time and getting attention from a lot of clubs, I think Accrington made the mistake by not giving him a big, long-term contract," said Windass. "They offered a contract, but it wasn’t that good. If they were to give him a decent contract on a three-year deal they could have asked what they liked for him."

"They probably could have got £500,000-600,000. They offered him a contract which wasn’t appealing to his agent, to me and to Josh. That’s why I said ‘don’t sign that contract’, because it’s not worth it. I blame Accrington. It’s a bit of naivety from their point of view," he added.

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