JOSH Windass says his first two Old Firm games have provided a huge learning curve in his career.
The 22-year-old has started both matches against the Gers city rivals and admits his performance at Hampden was his worst in a blue jersey to date.
Windass played 70 minutes of Sunday’s League Cup semi-final and says the occasion will help him progress.
He said: “The biggest thing to take from these games is the learning curve; I have played in two Old Firms now and unfortunately lost both.
“In the first one I played reasonably well and this time I didn’t play so well so you have to watch both back and try and pick pointers on why you maybe didn’t play so well and learn from it.
“The games here mean a lot more to the people and the fans than when I was at Accrington, our fans were incredible at Hampden and that’s what us as players are most disappointed about, not getting the result for them.
“I would say yesterday is the worst I have played since I have been here so far, which was clearly disappointing for myself.
“I think on the ball yesterday I wasn’t my usual self, I gave some poor passes away and I couldn’t put my finger on why that is but I was just disappointed in my performance.”
The midfielder was returning from nearly a month without a start for the Gers after a second hamstring injury of the season kept him out.
He had played just 15 minutes against Inverness the week before the derby, replacing Niko Kranjcar, who was then ruled out of the cup showdown with a knee injury.
Windass continued: “My only excuse is that it was my first start back after being injured and I would have loved to have played a bit better but some days you don’t turn up and unfortunately for me yesterday was one of those.
“I have had a hamstring injury but I wouldn’t have gone into such a big game if I wasn’t fit but I was fit and I don’t have any excuse about not being 100% fit.
“Niko has been playing fantastically the last few weeks before he got injured. Everyone in the squad loves Niko and is devastated for him.
“Niko getting injured created a space for me to come into the team and I didn’t play as well as I would have liked to but that is just football, you can’t play well every week.”