Sunday, 6 August 2017

Can Pedro find a place for 'outcast' Rangers star?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Following essentially a year out with back injuries, the sight of Jordan Rossiter’s absence from even the bench certainly raised a few eyebrows today before Rangers’ hard-fought 2-1 win at Fir Park.

The young Englishman has been beset with niggling problems emanating from fundamental back problems – he saw a specialist in February and it has seemed like the former U19 England captain is returning to full fitness.

However a disjointed pre-season in which he played some part but not all and today’s complete absence from the match day squad is slightly worrying for those of a Rangers persuasion.

Further questions have to be raised about the lad’s future in light of his appearances for the youths of late; he reportedly asked manager Pedro Caixinha to let him travel to Nuneaton for the youth gig the Academy is playing, and scored against Wolves – promising for fitness, but his motivation was purely to get playing time.

And his absence from the bench and no real equivalent replacement does suggest issues about his prospects at Ibrox.

With Ryan Jack cementing Rangers’ defensive midfield slot while partner in crime Graham Dorrans takes the more dynamic midfield role, Rossiter may struggle to find himself regularly used as things currently stand.

There are of course match fitness aspects in question as well – with him being so ring rusty from a year out, the lad does need time to get up to speed. But then, he played the majority of the UEL qualifier so maybe the fitness problem is not as stark as feared.

The boy is a talented young player, but we do wonder how Pedro will fit him in – he showed dedication to his club by insisting on travelling with the youths for their mini-tournament recently, and that shows professionalism without complaint.

We hope the club can find an important role for him because there is so much potential, and that is potential we do not want to lose.


  1. Warbuttons legacy no less!!

  2. Surely we can fit him on the bench and bring him on last 20-30 mins and get him up to speed ?


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