Scottish giants Rangers look set to win the race for young Accrington Stanley pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, according to The Daily Mail.

Attacking midfielder Josh Windass has been one of the outstanding performers in League 2 this season having scored 11 goals and terrifying the opposition with his pace and trickery. The 21 year old is the son of Football League legend Dean Windass who himself also had an excellent goalscoring record at Football League level.

Windass has attracted transfer interest from the likes of Arsenal and Hull City following a series of dazzling displays for Stanley. The youngster has rejected a new deal at The Crown Ground and his current deal expires in the summer.

Matt Crooks is a tough tackling no nonsense aggressive player who will not be overawed by a potential move to Ibrox.

The 21 year old can play in defence, midfield or in attack and has scored 7 goals this season. Crooks started his senior career at Huddersfield Town before dropping into non league and working his way back up to Football League level. Crooks’ contract is also set to expire in the summer.

It is understood that both players could move North of the Border in the summer and talks have commenced with the Glasgow club.

As both players are under the age of 23, Rangers will be required to pay compensation for their services however a FIFA loophole means that if the players move outside of England their new club can secure the players by paying a lower compensation sum.


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