ACCORDING to Josh Windass Rangers showed off a new side to their game against Celtic on Sunday.

The midfielder says he hopes the Light Blues surprised some people with a more resilient display at the National Stadium.

Windass’ start in the League Cup semi-final was his second against the Gers Old Firm rivals since his arrival at Ibrox this summer and he thinks there was a big difference in this game to the one back in September.

The 22-year-old said: “The scoreline wasn’t good enough but it was way better than losing 5-1 and I think the performance was more of a dogged display.

“I don’t think we were as good as we’d have liked to be on the ball but I think off the ball we were quite resilient and we made blocks and tackles.

“That’s not what people expect of this Rangers team, which is kind of a good thing because people see a different side to us. On the ball we weren’t our usual selves and that was disappointing.

“They were the better team on the day, I thought they played quite well in bigger spells of the game than we did and that was the main reason they won.

“I think there is no point in playing football if you’re not expecting to be the best you can be and we feel we do have the players to match Celtic, although we’ve not shown it so far in the two games we’ve played.

“We are going to go into every league game now trying to win it and do our best. Hopefully that can stand us in good stead to help us challenge Celtic.

“People talk about this gap but Celtic have three or four times our budget so in that respect it is quite difficult.

“We are working harder each day and I think you saw on Sunday, compared to the last game, that gap is starting to get closer.”

The Gers now have an important home league game against St Johnstone on Wednesday evening as they look to close in on the top of the table.

Windass believes it will be easy to bounce back from Old Firm defeat with back to back games at Ibrox.

He said:

“I don’t think it is hard to get motivated when you are playing at Ibrox every week in front of 50,000 people.

“There is no better motivation than to go out there and try and make your fans go home happy.

“Hopefully we’ll forget about Sunday’s game, learn from it and go into these next two league games and try and pick up six points.”

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