Why I couldn't stand in Windass' way of Wigan move, reveals Rangers boss Gerrard
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that he had the final say on whether or not to sanction Josh Windass' move to Wigan.
The attacker, who moved for £2.5m before the English transfer window close on Thursday, netted 13 Scottish Premiership goals last season but even so, the manager didn't want to block his departure.
“Wigan got to a number the board were happy with and they put the decision in the hands of me and Mark Allen," he explained.
“I spoke to Josh and asked what he wanted to do and he made it clear he wanted to speak to Wigan. I wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way if they want to play for another team in their favourite position.
“Josh wants to be a number nine every game for Rangers and I couldn’t guarantee that. I could guarantee him football matches but maybe in different positions and formations.
“Maybe Wigan boss Paul Cook said he could be number nine every week and that may have triggered his decision.
“Josh is a good boy and we got on well, but he wanted to speak and I don’t want to stand in his way if that’s what he wants.”
Rangers had a £200,000 offer for Hearts and Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty rejected last month and are still keen on bringing the 30-year old back to the club ahead of the Scottish transfer deadline on Friday, August 31.
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