COMMENT By James Black
When Rangers signed Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool in 2016, big things were expected from the midfielder – both at club and international level – but injuries have threatened to derail the former England Under-19 captain’s career.
The 20-year-old missed the bulk of last season through injury after making a bright start to his Ibrox career.
After eight months on the sidelines, Rossiter returned to the fold this season but, again, has found himself spending more time on the treatment table than the pitch.
Rossiter was labelled the “new Steven Gerrard” during his time at Anfield and the iconic England midfielder went through his own injury battles at a young age before going on to become one of the Red’s most celebrated players in history.
There’s no question that Rossiter has an abundance of talent and he’s exactly the type of player Rangers have been crying out for over the last few years.
There is however a serious question mark over whether he can overcome his injury problems and make his mark on the Rangers first-team or if he’s going to fade away into obscurity.
Cool in possession and more than happy to just sit in front of the defence and sweep up in-front of them, a fully-fit Rossiter should mesh well with Ryan Jack at the base of Rangers’ midfield allowing Graham Dorrans to be pushed further forward.
It’s often forgotten that when Rossiter turned down the offer of a new deal at Liverpool to head up the M6, he was part of Liverpool’s first-team squad.
According to Pedro Caixinha he should rejoin the Gers’ first-team training next week and if he can stay fit – and based on his Ibrox career so far it’s a very big if – fans might finally get to see more than a fleeting glimpse of their number 18.
At only 20, there’s still plenty of time for him to fulfill his potential and hopefully live up to his billing as the next Steven Gerrard.