BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has suggested the decision to hand Jordan Rossiter his first appearance for the Gers when he was named in the starting XI to face Hibernian on Sunday was influenced by incoming manager Steven Gerrard.
Rossiter made his first appearance since August last year when he was named in Jimmy Nicholl’s side to face Hibs – getting his name on the scoresheet before coming off injured in the second-half.
Sutton wondered whether Gerrard’s influence led to the former Liverpool youngster being involved to “see what he can do.”
“I just wonder if that was Steven Gerrard’s influence (starting) Jordan Rossiter today,” Sutton said during the 5-5 draw between the sides during BT Sport 1’s live coverage on Sunday.
“He’s not played much and Gerrard might have wanted to see what he can do”
Football Insider verdict:
Although it isn’t the craziest suggestion in the world, Rossiter’s involvement was likely more down to necessity than any instructions from Steven Gerrard. If anything, Rossiter will be one of the few players Gerrard will have a really good idea about they bring after working with him regularly at Anfield. With so much at stake it is also a pretty massive gamble to be taking in such an important match for the Gers. The absence of Ross McCrorie, Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack left the Light Blues with little other option than to give Rossiter a start. After coming off inured, there will be some serious concern that Rossiter now faces another nine months on the sidelines after managing only his seventh start in almost two years since signing. With a few weeks rest now until pre-season, Rossiter will he hoping it is nothing serious and he will be able to play a full part in pre-season as he enters his third campaign as a Rangers player.