Saturday, 16 September 2017

Why a loan away might suit this forgotten Rangers star


When Rangers signed Jordan Rossiter last year, there were many who believed we were getting a hybrid of the best of Barry Ferguson and Steven Gerrard. We believed the £250k development fee for cross-border youth signings was a bargain beyond words and this kid would rise to become a future Rangers and even England captain.

Sadly, so far for the lad, it has not worked out anything like that and even more sadly we can probably see why Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cut him loose.

There is little doubt Jordan Rossiter has talent. He is strong, quick, hard working, tough in the tackle and can spray the passes. You do not get appointed England captain at any level without having something about you.

But unfortunately well over a year since he arrived at Ibrox and following roughly 10 appearances for his employers, there seems no obvious sign the holding midfielder will be sustaining a run in the first XI any time soon. Indeed, he was completely absent from last night's match day squad altogether.

He blessedly regained fitness this summer, having suffered from a unique back injury which spread to his legs too. It seems the specialists he saw finally cured his ails and Jordan Rossiter is now fully fit.

The problem is he has the in-form and Caixinha favourite Ryan Jack way, way ahead of him in the pecking order, and unless Rangers alter formation to a two-man defensive midfield ala Pedro’s original 4-2-3-1 tactic, Rossiter is likely to be on the outside looking in for the foreseeable future.

It really is a shame. It is obviously the better kind of problem to have – an embarrassment of riches in defensive midfield following seasons of Andy Halliday (with all due respect to him) – but we cannot help feeling sorry for the kid – he is such a decent guy who has always had a sunny grin on his face whatever the weather and has represented Rangers with class, humour and spirit – really admirable qualities it must be said.

But he really is wasting away – sure, he gets a few sub appearances here and there, but Rossiter is better than that. He should really be a starter, but for now, as long as Jack is commanding his position as well as he is currently doing, Jordan may have to wait his turn a little longer.

Some might say he should be loaned out for some game time – it is not the most absurd idea. It seems such a pity to have such a talented player sitting idly by and unable to express himself – perhaps Rangers should think about a loan for him in January to get deserved game time?

But then equally could Jordan Rossiter be better cover for Jack in event of injury or suspension?

We guess this is why you have guys like Rossiter on the roster (see what I did there) – the kind of first team quality you need in reserve should your traditional first choice become unavailable.

Whatever the outcome, we will watch the youngster with great interest. We hope his story has a happy ending, whatever it is.

9 comments:

  1. Young Rossiter should play in all our away games with Jack. Scoring 2 goals at Firhill should be enough to win games,

    The defence is still not right. 3 - 2 - 3 - 1 - 1 is the way to play away.

    If we are knocked out of the Quarter Final on Tuesday and thrashed by Celtic next week - what about Pedro's job?

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    1. Well, let me say this. What a week its been. With THEM getting rubbed earlier and giving us all a good laugh, to getting caught up with the hype of The Gers building up momentum only to be bought back to reality with the draw last night proving we are not ready to chase for the title.
      All Rangers fans will have their idea of a decent formation and as to who plays and I think we are just about together but we don't get paid to manage the team. Pedro does and he's getting it wrong imo.
      He is not the man to take us forward and for the record I have never been a fan of Pedro or the bread man.Thats another weekend of misery from Friday night on.

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  2. one week full of hope next week back where we started not good enough

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  3. Doing my heed right in Rangers are!!.
    On this for me Rossiter plays with Jack every fuking game in a 4-2-3-1 as our full backs are great offensively but both couldn't Mark a fuking bingo card.
    Kenny love U mate but honestly time to swap football club for golf club.
    3M for Pena play him, it's the only way he's getting match fit and used to scottish football, he's got 20 caps for Mexico there a quality side so he must be a player.

    Sorry gents greeting over still growling from last nite!!

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    1. Efrain Juarez had 39 caps for Mexico and was a total flop at Celtic. Pena isn't rated as highly as Juarez in Mexico.

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  4. Here we go again a draw with thistle and doom and gloom and let's get rid of certain players and the managers useless I wonder why some people bother to support rangers they have more digs at them than Chris Sutton get behind the team its early days yet

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    1. Aye, here we go again. Early days yet. Give the manager a chance. You should have gone to Specsavers.

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    2. Nice one true blue I've been maybe I have to go back time will tell will let you know when my next appointment is probably next week

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