Murty may throw 20-year-old in deep end as last roll of dice to rescue Rangers career
As weeks go, it has been a pretty torrid one for everyone involved with Rangers.
As if a thrashing at the hands of fierce rivals Celtic was not enough, the fallout from their cup exit has been nothing short of sensational, with Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace suspended from the club after a blazing row with manager Graeme Murty.
While the playing pair’s futures seem clear cut, with a summer exit more than likely for both, questions still remain over what will happen to the former youth coach at the end of the season, having signed a short-term deal to take over as boss until the end of the season.
The manner in which the Light Blues capitulated against the Hoops at Hampden Park is likely to have swung the pendulum against Murty’s favour, and he may well be fighting a battle to keep his place in the dugout – a fight which is set to be decided over the final games of the season.
While the senior side were suffering, the club’s development squad gave something for fans to cheer with a 2-1 victory over Copenhagen on Wednesday, a match which saw young midfielder Jordan Rossiter continue his return from injury after his latest blow.
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The injury prone 20-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents the Gers have at their disposal when fit, but his lack of availability means he has been limited to just four senior appearances since 2016.
Like Murty, he is another who has not hit the expected heights, since joining from Liverpool, and an inability to break into the first team soon could see doubts over his Ibrox career grow.
His return to fitness will be a boost for the manager, who is likely to be considering his options after seeing his midfield overwhelmed by Celtic on Sunday – and with five games left to play, there could be one final roll of the dice involving Rossiter.
It might be a case of throwing the youngster in at the deep end but with both of their futures on the line, it could well take a brazen plan to keep their careers on track, and giving Rossiter the chance to shine is a leap of faith worth taking.