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Next Rangers manager should keep Josh Windass in the same role

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are finally getting the best from their attacker since Pedro Caixinha's sacking.

Josh Windass of Rangers looks dejected after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Graeme Murty is expected to vacate his role as Rangers caretaker manager this week, but he can do so with his head held very high.

Murty led Rangers to back-to-back wins over Aberdeen this past week to make it four victories in the six games that he took charge of since replacing Pedro Caixinha on an interim basis.

Josh Windass of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

He might not have been able to get Alfredo Morelos scoring again, with the Colombian failing to find the net since September, but he did reinvigorate another Gers star and it's crucial that Caixinha's permanent successor continues with what was a masterstroke from Murty.

Josh Windass scored what turned out to be the winner in Sunday's win at Pittodrie to make it four goals in six games under Murty and it's probably no coincidence that his upturn in fortunes came when the 43-year-old gave him a different role.

Josh Windass of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Under Caixinha, Windass, who joined from Accrington Stanley 18 months ago, spent most of the season on the left-hand side of attack and had very little influence, scoring once in nine games.

But Murty has converted him to a number 10, playing behind the main striker in what was a brilliant decision from the former Reading defender. It has never been more obvious that Windass is at his most dangerous from a central role and Rangers' next manager needs to keep him there.

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