By Harry Sykes
Ex-Liverpool academy coach Michael Beale has insisted that Jordan Rossiter will be a massive hit at Rangers and is already better than summer signing Ryan Jack.
Rossiter, 20, quit Liverpool last summer to move to Ibrox on a free transfer but a severe calf injury ruled him out for the majority of a nightmare debut campaign.
The midfielder only managed to make a total of six appearances for Rangers in all competitions but Beale, who coached Rossiter when he was in charge of the Liverpool Under-23s, has been blown away by the depth of the youngster’s talent and is convinced he will be a huge success in Glasgow.
“If he had chosen to stay at Liverpool he would be part of the first team squad, there is no doubt about that,” Beale told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“You have to remember that he was part of the Liverpool first team squad when he chose to leave and go to Rangers.
“He has been held up by a long-term injury but he looks fit and healthy now and he looks like he has gone through a bit of a growth spurt, which he always needed.
“The fans will love him because he is all action, he gives 100 per cent, he doesn’t shy out of any tackles, he is a good passer of the ball and he allows the attacking players to go and play and create and score goals.”
The summer arrivals of Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Carlos Pena this summer mean there is plenty of experienced competition for places in central midfield.
Rossiter may not be a new signing at Ibrox but his rejuvenation could be a welcome boost for Rangers in the coming months.
“He is obviously younger than Ryan Jack, but I actually think he is a better player than Ryan,” Beale added to the Evening Times. “That is not that I don’t like Ryan as a player, but I just think Jordan has more to offer.
“He is an excellent young player, one of England’s best young players, for sure.
“He has been a bit of a forgotten man in the last twelve months but seeing him back now and looking at the fans’ comments, they see him as a potential starter for Rangers and that shows the promise that he has.
Rossiter returned to action this summer with the England Under-19s in the European Championships and he captained the team in their semi-final defeat to Italy.
The youngster’s return to the Rangers starting eleven was not the best this season as he played in the two Europa League matches whenthe SPL side were dumped out of the competition by minnows Progres Niederkorn.
However, the midfielder enjoyed a better experience in his last encounter, playing 90 minutes in the 6-0 victory against Dunfermline in the League Cup last week.
Beale recently quit as Santos assistant manager after a long spell in the Liverpool ranks.
In other Rangers news, Ipswich manager and former Celtic defender Mick McCarthy has aimed a brilliant dig at the Light Blues after Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner continued their scoring streaks on Tuesday night.