JOSH Windass admits he is loving life down the left with Declan John – even if it means he has to step up defensively.
The Welsh full-back netted twice last time out and Windass admits it has been difficult adapting to a host of new partners down the flank due to injuries.
The forward, who signed from Accrington Stanley last summer, bagged his first Ibrox and Premiership goal against Dundee last month but says he is spending more time focussing on defending.
Speaking to RangersTV this week the 23-year-old said: “Playing every game has been good; I have played the majority of games when I have been fit.
“I have enjoyed playing down the left; I would play anywhere if it meant I was in the side.
“It has been difficult recently because I have had Waldo one game, Hods the game after and then Dec too. I am getting used to different partners but I am enjoying it.
“I played up front at Accrington quite a lot and the gaffer here drills into me most days about defending and my defensive work and shouts at me quite a lot to get back defending.
“The things I have had to work on are defensively, my attacking play speaks for itself so it’s not really that I need to work on, it is more helping the full-backs and getting closer to the midfield. The gaffer is on me day in and day out to improve that.
“If I keep playing the way I am then the goals will come, I am creating chances and doing well going forward so hopefully I can keep that going. I am really enjoying playing down the left with Declan at the minute.
“Waldo is a brilliant player but playing with Dec is different, he dribbles with the ball quite a lot and sometimes takes me out the game so I have to fill in which I don’t like doing too much!
“As you saw against Hamilton he can dribble past players and score so he is good to play with. He helps me as well, he usually just lets me go off and try and do my thing then backs me up.
“If he goes forward then I have a duty to fill in but if I can’t then luckily Graham Dorrans or Ryan Jack will help me out and always seem to cover me.”
Windass’ first season with Rangers was disrupted by a series of injury problems which limited his game time but he now hopes he has got a handle on his fitness, having missed just one league game so far this term.
He continued: “I feel I have been in reasonably good form, I have kept my place in the team and hopefully the manager keeps picking me and I can keep putting in performances.
“I like to think I live my life right outside of football and that’s the reason why. I always come in and train my hardest then go home and try and prepare right for the next day’s training or games.
“I have really done anything that different to last season, I have been going swimming in the morning but that is partly to annoy Disco (Davie Lavery – Club Masseuse) but also because it freshens me up in the morning before training.”