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26th Jun, 2018 | 9:25am

'Left field idea' - McCulloch names unexpected candidate to be new Rangers captain

Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has named a very unexpected choice that should be considered to be the new Gers skipper under Steven Gerrard.

Writing in his column in the Evening Times, McCulloch has claimed that Jordan Rossiter could be the man to lead the Gers into the next season.

“Jordan Rossiter as captain of Rangers might sound a crazy given the chronic injury problems that lad has had over the past two years, but please bear with me” McCullloch began.

“If, and it’s a pretty big if, the midfielder can get fit and stay fit, I have a feeling that he will be in Gerrard’s thoughts.

“Why? Well, the two know each other and Rossiter was captain of the Liverpool under-19 team and I know how highly rated he was down there, but the lad has just had no luck with injuries at all.

“What I do know is he’s a player who has a strong mentality, which he’s needed over the past two season, and that is a huge part of that job.”

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Rossiter has suffered terribly with injures since moving to Ibrox from Anfield and has only played 11 matches in his two seasons at Ibrox.

Football Insider verdict

This is a very odd suggestion by Lee McCulloch. It doesn’t matter how well Steven Gerrard knows Jordan Rossiter, he is unlikely to pick a player who has been almost permanently injured for almost two years as his first captain at Ibrox. It would be putting far too much pressure on the player, who is looking to establish himself as a player once more after battling such awful injury problems. If Gerrard wants to make a player who is already at the club the captain, then the likes of James Tavernier or even Allan McGregor seem a far better option than Rossiter. It might well be though that Gerrard makes one of his own signings the new captain, perhaps Connor Goldson, for example. With the greatest of respect to Rossiter, it shouldn’t be him, and the 21-year-old should be allowed to just get his head down and concentrate on rebuilding his career.

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