Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter has insisted he can “play a big part” for the Ibrox giants next season after making his first appearance since August thanks to injury in Sunday’s 5-5 final day draw with Hibernian.
The rarely-seen 21-year-old has suffered a nightmare time since arriving at Ibrox in 2016 and has only managed seven starts in two years – and admitted the Ibrox medical staff have been “first class” in treating him.
Rossiter revealed that he was always targeting a full return ahead of next season – and insists he wants to be at Rangers after two years spent largely working on his own or with the club’s physios.
“I came here to play games and unfortunately my body hasn’t allowed me to do that. However, the medical team have been absolutely first class in sorting me out,” Rossiter said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I can definitely play a big part next season. No matter who was coming in, I’d want to be a big part of it anyway. I want to be a Rangers player, I want to be here.
“Whoever the manager was, I was going to try to be at the top of my game and return to the starting line-up.”
Football Insider verdict
When Rossiter arrived at Ibrox from Liverpool in 2016 there was a huge amount of expectation on the youngster’s shoulders and Gers fans are delighted to see him finally on the way back. If the midfielder can stay fit next season then he could have a huge role to play as Steven Gerrard takes the reins at Ibrox. The former England Under-19 captain needs a run of games to see exactly where his body is and whether it can take the wear and tear and meet the demands of playing regularly. The midfielder impressed fans in his first appearance back in the side – and it will give them hope over the summer that he is finally over the worst of his injury problems. There’s little doubt he has the ability to be an important player at Ibrox but needs now to prove his body is up to it. The arrival of Gerrard as manager will help Rossiter get over his injuries after the incoming manager had similar problems early in his career.