Rangers-bound Josh Windass using Gary Hooper's success with Celtic as inspiration ahead of Ibrox switch

The Accrington Stanley midfielder will join the Scottish Championship side at the end of the season.

Josh Windass has explained that Gary Hooper's Celtic career is what is giving him confidence that he has the ability to be a success at Rangers despite making the jump from League Two, the Sunday Mail reports.

The 22-year-old is set to leave Accrington Stanley for Ibrox at the end of the season. But while some may question whether the jump to join a side that will be playing in the Scottish Premiership next season is too big, Windass pointed out that Hooper's move from Scunthorpe to Parkhead, and subsequent success with the Hoops - he scored 63 goals in just 95 league games - proves that it can be done.

"Look at the way myself and Matty have performed this season and where Accrington are in the league," he told the Sunday Mail.

"Celtic signed Hooper a few years ago from Scunthorpe United and he went on to score a load of goals in Scotland and in the Champions League. I don't think it matters where you buy a player from as long as he's a good player. Different players take different routes in their career.

"So whether you sign someone from Barcelona or Accrington Stanley, if they're the same standard it shouldn't matter."

While the Iron had just completed a season in the Championship when the 28-year-old moved north of the border, he was still in a similar boat to Windass' current situation of being a big fish in a small pond that was about to make a giant leap. 

But while the Accrington star has pointed to the former Bhoys striker as something of an inspiration, the squad he will be joining arguably has several examples of players that proved that they were capable of stepping up and shining for the Light Blues.

The likes of Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn were all plucked from the Football League when Mark Warburton arrived and have all gone on to become the core of the Gers side that has enjoyed so much success this season.

And with Windass arguably enjoying a much more prolific campaign than the trio did before their move to Ibrox - with 15 goals and five assists for the League Two side - he can take a tremendous amount of belief with him that he has the quality to be an excellent signing for Rangers.

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