Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter has insisted there “isn’t any extra incentive” for him to impress at Ibrox now that Steven Gerrard has been appointed as manager – and believes he thinks he’ll learn a lot from the Liverpool icon when he takes the reins on June 1st.
Rossiter worked with Gerrard at Liverpool when he was still a player and revealed that the former Reds skipper was “superb” with him at Anfield.
The 21-year-old admits that he thinks he will learn “just as much” from Gerrard now that he has hung his boots up as he did when he trained alongside him as a player.
“I have never worked with Gerrard as a manager, but as a player, when I was training with him at Melwood, he was absolutely superb with me,” Rossiter said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He is a fellow Scouser and he helped me a lot. I’m sure I’ll learn just as much off him as a manager as I did when he was a player.
“But there isn’t any extra incentive now.”
Football insider verdict
Getting the chance to work with Gerrard again will be something Rossiter is looking forward to and should help the former Liverpool youngster continue to improve. Rossiter was compared with Gerrard when he first moved to Ibrox but after spending much of the last two years sidelined with injuries, has never really had a proper chance to show what he can do. If Gerrard can keep Rossiter fit beyond the opening few weeks of the season then the midfielder could prove to be a massive player next season and will be like a new signing for the Ibrox giants. Although Rossiter says there is no extra incentive, getting to work alongside someone you idolised growing up will always work as a motivator one way or another. Rangers fans will be hoping now that Rossiter can live up to the hype and put in the kind of performances that saw him compared to Gerrard as he came through the system at Liverpool.