There is no denying that Jordan Rossiter is a supreme talent. Once touted as a potential star during his time at Liverpool, the 20-year-old moved to Ibrox in 2016 but has struggled with his fair share of injury issues since joining Rangers. In fact, his last appearance in the famous blue shirt came back in August but fans have been keeping a close eye on his progress as he looks to get back to his brilliant best.
Rossiter was handed the captaincy for Rangers under-20s in a development contest against Valencia earlier this month and he played superbly well. His class, both in possession and as a leader, was clear for all to see and he should give Gers a major lift in the second half of the campaign. Graeme Murty has had a few positive things to say on Rossiter’s role at the club and that should reassure any fans worrying about a shock departure.
🎙GM: Jordan Rossiter played 60 minutes for our 20s today against Valencia, which is a massive positive.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 5, 2018
League One side Wigan Athletic attempted to sign Rossiter in the January transfer window but Rangers were able to fend off their advances. The Latics, currently 4/7 to win the English third-tier title, may show further interest this summer if they secure promotion to the Championship. Rossiter signed a four-year deal back in 2016 but Gers will be keen to tie him down to a contract extension if financially possible.
Having said that, some would argue that it may be a little too soon to think about labelling Rossiter as the answer to Rangers’ prayers. Having made just five appearances since joining the club, the 20-year-old is still inexperienced. Talented of course, but it would be foolish to expect Rossiter to mature into the finished article in the next year or so. Rangers must work hard to keep the ex-Liverpool man focused on taking his own game to the next level.
Plenty of punters will fancy Rangers to challenge for silverware in the near future, whether that is for the Scottish title or one of the cup competitions. Murty is an ambitious manager and Gers could get back to their best under his leadership. At the time of writing, Rangers are priced at 6/1 in the 2018 Ladbrokes betting odds for this season’s Scottish FA Cup. Only Celtic are shorter in the market and fans will be hoping for a good cup run; they 3-2 to Hibernian in 2016.
If anyone deserves a break, it is Jordan Rossiter. His move to Rangers offered genuine hope and expectation but injuries have hindered his progress. Fully fit, Rossiter can start to repay the faith shown in him by the manager, his teammates and the supporters. Write the former Liverpool man off at your peril, Rossiter has the talent to bounce back but does he have the mental capacity to fight for his spot in the Gers starting line-up?
He showed resilience to respond after leaving boyhood club Liverpool and he can show that same grit and determination at Ibrox. Supporters have warmed to Rossiter since his move and that is half the battle. Rangers will be targeting a second-placed finish this season and the returning Rossiter could make all the difference for Graeme Murty’s side.
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