On the basis of statistics alone, Josh Windass certainly earned his big move away from Accrington Stanley. The 23-year-old plundered 15 goals in just 30 League Two games from central midfield in 2015/16, helping one of the least moneyed clubs in the entire division finish fourth and miss out on promotion only via the play-offs.
Therefore, Rangers looked to have pulled off an intelligent deal when they landed Windass on a free in January 2016, the midfielder joining the club in six months’ time when his contract expired.
Windass was far from the finished article but, with youth on his side and plenty of potential, the son of Hull City legend Dean appeared to have a bright future at Ibrox. Just 12 months on, however, the dream appears to be dying.
And the Scottish Sun reported last month that Hull City are also keen and could be willing to pay £500,000 for his signature. Now that represents a decent profit on a player Rangers signed for a compensation fee of just £60,000, as reported by the Daily Record.
Profit isn't everything
And when you consider that he featured in just 21 league games for The Gers, and manager Pedro Caixinha has reinforced his midfield with new arrivals, it’s tempting to think Windass won’t be missed. Yet, there’s a nagging feeling that Rangers may regret not giving Windass more of a chance.
His performances at times left plenty to be desired in Scotland but his thrilling form at Accrington suggested that patience may have been a virtue at Ibrox.
After all, it’s doubtful whether there are any midfielders in Rangers’ current squad capable of scoring regularly from midfield but Windass clearly has that in his locker.
And if he rediscovers his form at Rotherham, it would be tempting to think Rangers have acted a little hastily writing the midfielder off.