Josh Windass backs fellow Rangers newbie Joey Barton to be one of the best in the Premiership next season, and makes admission about Matt Crooks

General view during the match

Mark Warburton has already been busy bolstering his Glasgow Rangers squad.

Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass (L) celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

Josh Windass has assessed two of the players that have followed him to Rangers this summer, and while he has tipped Joey Barton to make a huge impact for the Gers (via Evening Times), he has made a somewhat surprising admission to the Evening Times regarding Matt Crooks.

The 22-year-old pair have played alongside each other at Accrington Stanley, and were integral parts of the team that reached the League Two play-offs this past season.

Nevertheless, Windass has hinted that Mark Warburton may have something of a dilemma on his hands by suggesting that he still does not know which role gets the best out of Crooks.

"He is good on the ball, he can play centre-half or holding midfield really well. He is a good passer and a real athlete so I think he will be a really good addition to the squad," he told the Evening Times.

"I have spoken about him with a few people and I am not sure where his best position is to be honest. I have seen him play really well at the back and play really well in midfield.

"I don't think any of those positions would be a problem for him. You would have to ask him where he prefers but he can certainly do both roles easily."

Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir

With a defence that is currently lacking in numbers, it seems likely that the former Manchester United trainee will be pencilled in to fill in at the back, especially given that all of Warburton's business so far has been based around bolstering the midfield. 

And while his versatility will be important, Warburton will surely be hoping to succeed where Windass has failed in working out Crooks' strongest position.

Burnley's Joey Barton

Meanwhile, Windass has admitted that he is excited to be lining up alongside Barton, who has also been recruited ahead of the Light Blues' return to the Scottish Premiership, and has tipped the 33-year-old to be as impressive at Ibrox as he was with Burnley this past season.

"He was in the Championship Team of the Year so he has proven that he can still play at a really high level," he told the Evening Times.

"He will be one of the best players in the Premiership so it was a great signing to get him in. I am looking forward to playing alongside him."

If Barton and Windass are able to replicate their form from this past campaign next season, and Warburton is able to give Crooks a role which gets the best out of him, it seems that Rangers will have a midfield that most teams will struggle to get the better off, especially with Jordan Rossiter's arrival from Liverpool making them even stronger.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

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