Rangers newbie Josh Windass hoping to add his name to list of former non-league stars written off too early

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Windass is preparing for his first season as part of Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side.

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

Rangers' Josh Windass has insisted that it is the rise of the likes of Jamie Vardy and Andre Gray that continues to motivate him as he looks to continue his development following his own career setback, the Daily Record reports.

The 22-year-old began his career at Huddersfield Town but was released shortly after breaking his leg. 

Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass warms up before the match

That saw the attacking midfielder drop into the non-league game to join Harrogate Railway before Accrington Stanley took a chance on him three years ago. 

After two unspectacular seasons at the Wham Stadium, Windass began to show why Stanley were right to give him that opportunity as he scored 15 goals in just 30 games for the League Two outfit to earn his summer switch to Ibrox.

And while for some, the prospect of going from the semi-professional game to joining the Light Blues in the space of just a few years would be enough of an achievement, Windass has pointed out some of the other names that have made a similar journey to prove that he can go even further. 

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

"Players such as Vardy are the example for everyone now," he told the Record.

"He was playing at an even lower level than that yet is probably England's best striker now.

"There are others too – Michael Kightly came from non league to the Premiership with Burnley and Andre Gray went from the Conference to Brentford. They have written the blueprint for the rest of us."

Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the first goal for Leicester City to equal the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games

Much like Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay will have extra motivation to succeed in the Scottish Premiership having been part of the Gers squad that started at the bottom of the pyramid, Windass will be using the journey that he has been on to inspire and drive him to success for his new side. 

And he will be hoping that he can emulate what Vardy achieved with Leicester City last season by helping Warburton's men clinch the title in the top flight. 

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