If there is one player almost every fan to a man woman and child loves at Ibrox, it’s Jordan Rossiter. The infectious scouser has embraced everything about Rangers, and one foolish post on social media aside, carried himself with dignity, charm, humility and a hugely infectious disposition.
He’s not had it easy, Rossiter – constant injuries have lost him 24 months of his career, but after most fans, ourselves included, gave up on him, he stormed back unexpectedly to give a stellar display at Easter Road in the infamous 5-5. His energy, vigour, pace, strength and sportsmanship were admirable, and on that brief 70 minute cameo, Rangers already looked like they had a capable starter next season.
Rossiter is a talent, a talent who Rangers got, thanks to cross-border rules ordained by FIFA for youth players, at an absolute song compared to his legitimate value.
If Jack Grealish is worth £40M playing for an Aston Villa side who didn’t even get promoted, the one year junior Rossiter’s £250,000 transfer fee looks beyond ludicrous.
Some have even mentioned him for captain – he knows what it takes at a club the size of Rangers, and indeed Liverpool, and his mental strength to come back from the injury disasters he’s had while still showing the same enthusiasm he always had is something captains and leaders need.
We wouldn’t necessarily subscribe to Rossiter as captain, but this brilliant young English midfielder’s market value, playing regularly and realising his potential, could and should be anything beyond £5M.
And that is the kind of quality Rangers’ midfield is crying out for.
If one player is going to absolutely benefit from Steven Gerrard as manager, it’s his protégé and the kid who idolises him – even then, Rossiter kept his feet on the ground when asked if it was extra special to have Stevie Ger as boss, and stated he was just delighted to be fit and hopefully part of the plans whoever took over.
Jordan Rossiter could finally become the player he’s threatened to be next season, and it really is like a new top class signing for Rangers.
This is the sort of player we can build around.