By support

Rangers new signing praises rival manager, fans won't be happy

By Harvey Byrne

Jordan Rossiter has praised Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as the Old Firm derby is set to make a return in the Scottish Premiership next season.

The 19-year-old midfielder was handed his first team debut under the new Celtic boss and has praised the Northern Irish manager saying that he owes him a lot.

The youngster joined the Ibrox club this summer from hometown club Liverpool, while Rodgers also moved north of the border following his exit from Liverpool last season. The Rangers new-boy has praised his now fierce rivals manager.

“He has managed in the Premier League, he’s obviously a good coach and he’s got his way of playing,” said Rossiter to STV.

“I do owe a lot to Brendan. I was only young at the time at Liverpool and was still coming up and learning my way, and so I’m looking forward to [a reunion].”

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Rossiter has linked up with the Rangers squad after being a part of the England Under-19 squad at the summer’s European Championship.

Rossiter’s Liverpool contract was due to expire and the Anfield academy graduate decided to link up with the newly promoted Scottish giants.

Rossiter, who joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of six and grew up in Everton Valley, was handed his debut in a League Cup tie aged 17 and made five appearances in total for the first team.

But there wasn’t an indication that he figured in Jurgen Klopp’s plans, after a campaign in which the youngsters have been handed lots of first-team chances.

In other Rangers news, the Gers hopes of signing goal-getter Joe Garner have taken a blow.