JOSH Windass admitted he was worried he wouldn’t even get on the pitch to make his dream Rangers debut.

The 22-year-old netted a great goal after pulling on a blue jersey for the first time but it came after lightning struck Charleston Battery’s ground to delay kick-off.

Windass joined the club from Accrington Stanley in the summer and made his bow for the Light Blues from the start against USL side Battery as Gers won 2-1.

Speaking to RangersTV after the match, Windass said: “I didn’t think the game was going to go ahead at first so I was saying to Davie [Weir] I have waited all this time to put the shirt on and I’m not going to be able to.

“But to put the Rangers shirt on for the first time was a very special moment for me.

“To be honest in the first half I was blowing and I came out for the second half a little disappointed because I had missed a chance one on one in the first.

“My head was a bit down after that chance but thankfully not too much and it was great to get the goal.

“The first-half was tough because we haven’t played in a while so trying to manage our breathing was difficult.

“The second-half was easier because they started to tire and we took more control.

“It’s only a friendly game so you can’t take too much from that but to score and play quite well was nice.

“I think the reason why the manager signed me was because I fit into the style of play quite well and hopefully I can keep playing and see what I can do.

“If I didn’t think I was capable of a good season then I wouldn’t be here, I think I can make an impact on this squad and hopefully that is what I do.”

Unusually Gers will play a competitive fixture before their next pre-season friendly because of the new League Cup format.

Their preparation for Motherwell was nearly hampered when a storm threatened to postpone the game in South Carolina.

Windass continued: “The lads were saying if this had got called off then we would have been in a world of bother before Motherwell.

“But I think we’ll be fine against Motherwell, we are in good shape, which you saw tonight, so we’ll go into that full of confidence after tonight and try and get a result.”


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