By Dominic Toner
Jordan Rossiter believes the senior players in the Rangers squad will help him take his game to the next level.
The 19-year-old former Liverpool midfielder has claimed that team-mates Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar, Andy Halliday and Clint Hill can have a big impact on his development.
“Joey is a brilliant player; he has been great to me and really helped me out since I’ve been here,” Rossiter told the official Rangers website. “He has played at the top level for years and the likes of Kranjcar and also Halliday can help me out and bring me on.
“There are a lot of similarities between here and Glasgow, I have some of my family up here and I have scouse lads in the team like Joey Barton and Clint Hill.”
The 19-year-old joined Ibrox this summer from hometown club Liverpool and has linked up with the Rangers squad after being a part of the England Under-19 squad at the summer European Championship.
Rossiter’s Liverpool contract was due to expire and the Anfield academy graduate decided to link up with the newly promoted Scottish giants.
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.
His new team-mate Martyn Waghorn told the Daily Record that he has heard positive things about Rossiter and his signature showed good intent from the club.
The midfielder agreed a four-year contract at Iborx and will face stiff competition from Barton and Halliday to cement a first-team spot.
In other Rangers team news, goalkeeper Wes Foderingham believes that they will benefit from the signings of top level players.