By Alex Stevens
Jordan Rossiter has revealed Rangers’ head of recruitment Frank McParland was key to him quitting Liverpool for Ibrox.
The midfielder signed a four-year contract with Rangers on Friday when he arrived at the club’s Murray Park headquarters.
Rossiter is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season and has exploited a FIFA loophole allowing him to join a club outside of England for just £250,000.
This comes after he was given a tour of Ibrox last weekend and was told how he would fit into the team’s plans by manager Mark Warburton.
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Former Liverpool academy director McParland also played an instrumental role in the capture of the midfielder after providing a glowing endorsement of the Anfield academy graduate to Warburton.
“I know Frank McParland from my Liverpool days and working with the academy with him and he is a great fella,” Rossiter told the Rangers website. “I am looking forward to working with him again and getting started here.
“He didn’t need to sell the club to me, it doesn’t need much selling. You look at Murray Park, which is a great training facility and then Ibrox; I walked into Ibrox and I was a bit taken aback by it.
“I walked in and saw all the mahogany walls and it’s nice and old, you can tell it is a stadium with a lot of history and I’m sure there will be a lot more made there in the future.
“I chose Rangers because of the history it has got, it is a massive club and I don’t think people realise down south how big a club it really is.
“I think I have always known and so have my family and it is just a great opportunity to carry on learning my trade.”
The teenager has become 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.