Accrington owner forbids Rangers-bound pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks from training with new teammates as compensation fee remains unresolved

General view during the match

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton had agreed pre-contract deals to bring the pair to Ibrox.

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

Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt has insisted that Rangers-bound pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks will not be allowed to link up with their new teammates at Ibrox for the time-being as the compensation for the players' moves is still yet to be agreed, STV reports.

The two midfielders agreed pre-contract deals with the Light Blues during the January transfer window as their respective contracts with the League Two side will expire this summer.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

But Holt has insisted that the Scottish Premiership side are still yet to reach an agreement regarding the amount Accrington will receive from the compensation that is due whenever players under the age of 23 move from one country to another, and thus, the pair will not be able to begin working with their new team. 

"Until the compensation package has been agreed they are our players, so they shouldn't be allowed to train with Rangers," he told STV.

"We have them contracted until June 30."

Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

However, a spokesperson from the Gers has claimed that the English side are the ones holding up the deal being done and dusted.

"Rangers has always been willing to pay a compensation fee as determined by FIFA regulations," the spokesperson explained.

General View of Ibrox Stadium

"However, in order to confirm a figure Rangers needs Accrington Stanley to co-operate fully by providing some necessary detail.

"So far they have failed to provide this."

Holt would also take to Twitter to reiterate his criticism of the Gers, pointing out that they have had more than enough time to complete the deal, before insisting that he was not going to do the Scottish side any favours to help get the move across the line. 

In many ways, the lack of a resolution is harmful to both teams. Accrington are unable to concentrate on trying to replace the pair who were so influential last term, and helped put the side in the promotion picture.

And Mark Warburton would have been hoping to have the pair available as he looks to step up his preparations for their return to the top flight. He would have surely wanted them to have as much time as possible to learn their system and style of play so they could showcase the quality that they displayed regularly at the Wham Stadium. 

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