Should Rangers make late Emerson Hyndman bid amid Windass reports?

Josh Windass of Rangers scores his sides first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly in danger of losing Josh Windass this summer, so perhaps they should consider a bid to re-sign an ex-Ibrox loanee.

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

As things stand, Steven Gerrard's preparations for his first season as Rangers boss appear to be going very well. A number of signings have come through the door, the spine of the side looks like it may be stronger than it was last season and the fans appear to be incredibly impressed by what they have seen from their new manager so far.

However, it appears that Cardiff may be about to throw a spanner in Rangers' works, with the Daily Express reporting last week (28/06; page 55) that the Premier League newbies are keen to trigger Josh Windass' £3 million release clause.

Josh Windass of Rangers scores his sides first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Though Windass has never managed to unite the entirety of the Rangers fanbase, there can surely be little doubt that losing him this summer would be a major blow. Any player who scores 18 goals in a season but can still not manage to win all of the supporters over has to be considered a real talent - and Gerrard will not want to lose him ahead of what will probably be the best years of his career.

If the reports of a £3 million release clause are correct, Rangers may be unable to prevent the Englishman leaving. And while it remains to be seen what Windass would decide to do if a choice was put in front of him, the Gers would perhaps be wise to consider preparing for the attacking midfielder's departure.

Emerson Hyndman of Rangers celebrates after Clint Hill of Rangers scores during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in...

And perhaps those preparations should involve making a last ditch attempt to stop former loanee Emerson Hyndman joining Wigan Athletic on loan - as The Sun recently suggested that he is expected to

Hyndman was hugely impressive during his brief stay at Ibrox, and Rangers should now attempt to bring him back for a second loan spell if there is a chance that the reported move to Wigan is not so far down the line that another team could not come in and snatch him from the Latics' grasp. 

The USA international is more than capable of playing in that advanced role - though probably not as high up as Windass sometimes played last season - and would also provide further depth in the middle of the park, and his talent on the ball often made him one of the most exciting things about the Rangers side while he was in Scotland. 

A loan deal makes sense if there is a release clause in Windass' contract as Rangers will know heading into the final weeks of the window that they already have a replacement in the ranks if their star's future is taken out of their hands at any stage. And Hyndman - if still attainable - may be a fantastic option to consider if necessary.

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