By David Woods

23rd Jan, 2018 | 7:05am

Report: Rangers braced as table-topping side prepare bid for highly-rated playmaker after development

Rangers are bracing themselves for a surprise bid for Jordan Rossiter from League One side Wigan Athletic as the player returns to fitness, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that Wigan are going to put in a “lowball” offer for the former Liverpool player who was suffered with multiple injuries since joining on a free transfer in the summer of 2016.
Rossiter has only managed 10 appearances for Rangers since he joined but ironically is on the verge of returning to full fitness.
Rangers boss Graeme Murty confirmed via Sky Sports on Monday: “We have Jordan Rossiter joining in training today which is good, not just for us but also for Jordan.
“Hopefully now there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for him and we can get him involved on a regular basis. It is just making sure that when we actually get him in we build up his load and his level gradually.”
Rossiter suffered a calf injury shortly after joining Rangers before undergoing specialist treatment on a back problem.
The Daily Record quoted a source as saying, “They’ve quite clearly not been getting value for money where this player is concerned but does Murty risk allowing him to leave only for him to suddenly come good overnight at Wigan?
“If or when Jordan starts delivering on that potential someone is going to have a seriously valuable player on their hands.”
Football Insider verdict:
Wigan are top of League One and looking good for promotion back to the Championship. Manager Paul Cook is said to be a big fan of Rossiter and obviously sees an opportunity to bag a talented player for a bargain price. Rossiter comes with risks – he’s hardly played in the past season and a half since his move from Liverpool. However, the report claims the offer will be “lowball” and more aimed at getting him off Rangers’ books, so the risk is minimal. The risk to Rangers is that they let a player go who promises a lot if he can stay fit. He hasn’t delivered yet at Rangers, but with Murty confirming that he’s back in training, they should surely give him until the end of the season. Selling him on the cheap after helping him get fit, only to see him tearing up League One would be a bitter pill to swallow for Rangers. It’s a risk that’s not worth taking. 
In other Rangers news, an English club is interested in a swoop for this Gers defender after contract negotiations begin.
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