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Warburton tips 19-year-old to be a major Rangers force

By Emma Sanders

Mark Warburton has claimed Jordan Rossiter will bounce back from a difficult start to be a major force for Rangers.

The 19-year-old has played just six games for the Gers since making the switch from Liverpool for free in the summer due to a number of injury setbacks.

Rossiter has not featured for Rangers since the 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock in August and has been forced to miss 16 games while he sits out on the sidelines.

However, Warburton believes he has a bright future and insists the club are aware of his talent and they will do everything they can to get him playing football.

“Jordan’s [Rossiter] a top talent and fans will be excited when they see him properly. He has a fantastic future and when he plays for Rangers he will be here for years to come,” said Warburton, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“He wants to play football. We know what we have got in terms of quality and potential going forward.”

Rossiter was highly rated in Merseyside and broke into the first team under Brendan Rodgers, making five appearances before picking up an ACL knee injury in his penultimate season.

The midfielder left in the summer after it was clear he would struggle to get regular first team action but he will have to wait to kick-start his Rangers career.

The England youth international is one of a number of Rangers midfielders who have picked up injuries this season, including Nico Kranjcar and Warburton may be forced to buy new additions in the January transfer window.

Joey Barton was also a hopeful addition but he has since left the club after a bust-up with the coaching staff and the Scottish FA.

In other Rangers news, Maddison claims the game against the Gers gave him a wake up call.