Gerrard faces a big challenge solving Rangers' Josh Windass problem

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Josh Windass could be a big asset to Steven Gerrard at Rangers, but only if the new Ibrox manager learns how to use him correctly.

Josh Windass of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Josh Windass remains something of an enigma.

Despite notching 18 goals in all competitions last season, and being linked with a number of Premier League sides including Cardiff and Burnley, Windass is still a divisive figure among Rangers supporters.

The former Accrington Stanley youngster was once again criticised by some fans for his display in the 2-0 Europa League qualifying victory over Macedonian minnows Shkupi in Thursday. There were even audible cheers from the stands when he was replaced by youngster Glen Middleton with around 10 minutes remaining at Ibrox.

So new manager Steven Gerrard faces perhaps one of his biggest challenges in getting the best out of a player who sometimes flickers spectacularly but not anywhere near often enough.

Against Shkupi, and in the 6-0 pre-season thrashing of Bury, Gerrard has fielded Windass in a new-look right wing role. But, while certainly putting in a shift, he has been rather subdued and it is clear already that this position simply does not suit him.

Josh Windass of Rangers controls the ball from Rron Broja of FC Shkupi during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in...

Windass looks more at home in a central role or even on the left, although Jamie Murphy’s superb display on the flank means he might have stamped his authority on that role already.

Fortunately for Windass, Gerrard was also a gifted midfielder in his day who was often shunted out wide to the detriment of his own ability to impact the game. So if there is anyone who can understand this predicament, it is the 37-year-old.

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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