The Gers contested the Scottish Cup final knowing victory would have sealed a memorable treble in Mark Warburton’s debut season at the club, yet it was Hibs who eventually came out on top.
Windass, a Rangers player after signing a pre-contract agreement back in January, admits watching the Ibrox club side while on holiday following Accrington Stanley’s disappointing League Two playoff exit.
Joined by the player were two Hibs supporters alongside him, making for an interesting afternoon.
“I was on holiday when the Scottish Cup final was on and I was watching it in a bar. There was two Hibs fans sitting right next to me. I don’t think they recognised me. They were crying at the end, and I was nearly crying myself! I was disappointed for the squad,” Windass told Herald Scotland.
“It was a shame for the team but we can all look forward to next season now. On a whole, it was a successful season and to beat Celtic was huge for the club as well.”
While losing the Scottish Cup final and missing out on European football was a big disappointment for Rangers, on reflection Warburton’s debut season in charge was a successful one.
The club won the Scottish Championship in style, claimed the Petrofac Cup and had the satisfaction of beating Old Firm rivals Celtic on penalties in-front of a packed out Hampden Park.
With Windass, Matt Crooks and Joey Barton all to join this summer, Rangers fans can be hopeful of an exciting campaign next year as they make their long-awaited return to the top-flight.