By Alex Stevens
Martyn Waghorn has revealed that Liverpool staff have raved to him about new Rangers signing Jordan Rossiter.
The midfielder signed a four-year contract with Rangers last Friday after exploiting a FIFA loophole allowing him to join a club outside of England for just £250,000.
Rossiter’s Liverpool contract was due to expire next month and the Anfield academy graduate decided to link up with the newly promoted Scottish giants.
Former Liverpool academy director McParland played an instrumental role in the capture of the midfielder after providing a glowing endorsement of the Anfield academy graduate to Warburton.
Rossiter’s new team-mate Waghorn, who joined Rangers from Wigan, has revealed what he has heard about the youngster as the club also pursue moves for two other former Premier League players in Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar.
“We’ve been linked with Barton and Kranjcar but the signing of the young boy Jordan Rossiter is another key one,” Waghorn said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “I’ve spoken to a few people down at Liverpool and they speak highly of him.
“So our intentions are good. The higher the calibre of player we have, the more it will bring out the best in the guys here, so the more the merrier.”
The teenager last week became Rangers’ first signing of the summer as manager Mark Warburton prepares the team for life back in the top flight next season.
Warburton has made it clear that he wants the newly promoted club to sign up to eight new players this summer as he strengthens the squad.
Rossiter, who joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of six and grew up in Everton Valley, was handed his debut in a League Cup tie aged 17 and made five appearances in total for the first team.
But there was no indication he figures in Jurgen Klopp’s plans in a campaign in which the youngsters have been handed lots of first-team chances due to the team’s gruelling fixture list and various injury problems.
In other Rangers news, one of the team’s emerging stars could be playing in the Premier League next season.