JOSH Windass is determined not to let his smooth start to life at Rangers be derailed by a minor hamstring injury.
The midfielder picked up the problem after netting his first goal against East Stirlingshire and was hopeful of a return before Burnley visited Ibrox but is now targeting the Gers Premiership opener.
Windass admits to feeling frustrated but is still confident he can hit a similar goal tally to his Accrington best of last season, when he netted 17 goals in League Two.
The 22-year-old said: “I’ve still got a bit of a sore hamstring; I will be back training by Monday hopefully.
“I’ve been doing some work outside with the physios but should be back in full training after the weekend so I’ll miss Burnley.
“It’s frustrating because I thought I was getting a bit of momentum up until half-time against East Stirling when I had to go off but that is football and you get injuries. It’s only a small one thank god.
“It’s nothing serious and I came off last Friday as a precaution so I just need to ease my way back in so I don’t cause any more damage.
“I’m not worried about coming back because I think I should get back into the swing of things quite quickly.
“I am playing a bit of a deeper role than I was at Accrington so hopefully I can still contribute with goals.
“I scored 17 last season and six or seven the year before so I’m hopeful of keeping that run going and carry on from where I left off.
“I think it’s possible to score that many here if you get enough chances, I have missed a few already this year and should have had three or four already but I got one against Charleston and then one against East Stirling.”
Windass isn’t worried about his place in the manager’s thoughts after being forced into the stands.
He believes his performances before his hamstring problem should stand him in good stead and is keen to make an impression at Auchenhowie before the Light Blues kick-off against Hamilton.
“I’m hoping I’m involved against Hamilton but the injury I have had and missing these two games might impact it but you never know what the gaffer is thinking so it depends.
“It will be the week leading up to the Hamilton game and training should be quite intense so hopefully I can pick up where I left off.
“Everyone wants to be part of the first game and whether I am part of it or not I don’t know yet so I’d like to have a good week of training that week and try and forced myself into the squad.
“You want the team to do well and win so as long as I am doing the best I can do then that is all I can do and hopefully I will play the game I want to play if I give the best I can.
“The squad was doing quite well with me in it; the team the gaffer puts out is always capable of winning games no matter who plays.”