'A Roy Keane type player' - Coach makes huge claim about Rangers youngster
By Aramide Oladipo
Former Liverpool coach Michael Beale has claimed that Rangers youngster Jordan Rossiter would currently be a first-team player at Anfield had he elected to stay on Merseyside.
The 20-year-old left the Premier League side last summer to secure a move to Ibrox on a free transfer.
The midfielder endured a nightmare debut campaign with his new club as he suffered a terrible calf injury which ruled him out for the majority of the season.
Rossiter only managed to make a total of six appearances for Rangers in all competitions.
Speaking to the Evening Times, Beale, who coached the youngster during his spell on Merseyside, believes that he is one of the best English talents around and feels that he is similar to Manchester United legend Roy Keane.
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“If he had chosen to stay at Liverpool he would be part of the first team squad, there is no doubt about that,” he said.
“He is much more like a Roy Keane type player, for me, than a Steven Gerrard.
“He is more someone that controls the middle of the pitch, coaxes and supports players around him and he is very strong in how he puts himself across in the game in terms of his tackling, his reading of the game, his positioning and his passing.
“Without putting any pressure on him, I expect him to do very well this season and come out of it with a lot of credit.”
Rossiter returned to action this summer with the England Under-19 squad in the European Championships and he captained the team in their semi-final defeat to Italy.
The youngster’s return to the Rangers starting eleven was not the best this season as he played in the two Europa League matches where the SPL side were dumped out of the competition by minnows Progres Niederkorn.
However, the midfielder enjoyed a better experience in his last encounter, playing 90 minutes in the 6-0 victory against Dunfermline in the League Cup last week.