The 24-year-old midfielder - who is valued at £3 million according to The Scottish Sun, which also claims of interest from Premier League duo Cardiff City and Burnley - seems to have suggested that the 38-year-old striker is leaving Ibrox this summer.
Nicholl is hoping Rangers experience the kind of turnaround the club went through when Graeme Souness took over in 1986.
During his time in England, Windass was a youth academy product of Huddersfield Town, before being released where he joined Harrogate Railway Athletic.
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Lifted by the youngster's performance, football fans took to Twitter to shower encomium on the relatively unknown striker. Barca's Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick of his own and Luis Suarez netted a penalty to set up a tense finale.
"I'm not too sure if Forest will want me back. I wasn't starting consistently so it has been hard to make an impact as my fitness wasn't there and I couldn't get my match sharpness".
"If he gets more out of the group we have at the moment then he may only need three or four players", he said. It's an exciting time at the club.
"I'm back into a real job now, it's 24/7", he told LFC TV. "I feel like I can be the lead striker here, there is loads more to come from me and I feel like this is just the start for me here".
The conveyor belt of top talent continued to roll on in the years that followed but Nicholl could understand if Gerrard chose to take a leaf out of Souness' book and keep his changes to a minimum to begin with.