Fee agreed: Accrington confirm Crooks and Windass can train with Rangers

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

Rangers have agreed a deal for Matt Crooks and Josh Windass to begin training with the Ibrox club.

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

Accrington Stanley have confirmed on Twitter that midfielders Matt Crooks and Josh Windass are free to train with Rangers having agreed a compensation fee with the Ibrox club.

Crooks and Windass, both 22, had impressed in the first half of the League Two season for Accrington, and their displays earned them deals with Rangers.

Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass

Given that both players are out of contract at Accrington this summer, the duo signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers back in January, and stayed with Stanley to try and win them promotion from League Two.

That didn't happen, with Crooks suffering an injury towards the end of the campaign, whilst Windass hit 17 goals in all competitions as Accrington lost out in the League Two play-offs to Gillingham.

Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks in action with Newport's Scott Barrow and Scott Bennett

Now, it's off to Glasgow for both Crooks and Windass as they get ready to start their Rangers careers - only there has been a delay in their move north.

Whilst they are out of contract and penned pre-contract agreements with the Gers, Mark Warburton's men must still pay compensation for both players - and with no agreement in sight over the weekend, Accrington refused to let either player start pre-season training with Rangers on Saturday.

Hull City's Curtis Davies (L) in action with Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass

Now though, Accrington have confirmed on their official Twitter account that a compensation fee has now been agreed, and both players are free to train with their new clubs, wishing both players the best of luck in the process.

Playmaker Windass immediately took to Twitter to react, admitting he's happy that the deal has been finalised and he is now looking forward to training on Tuesday.


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