Thursday, 18 October 2018

Is Steven Gerrard about to make fan-pleasing call on frozen out 21-year old?


With a number of potential injuries befalling Steven Gerrard’s men, plus the absence of blocked Kyle Lafferty, Stevie’s squad is going to be stretched a little and we may find some previously frozen-out players have significant roles this Sunday.

While the defensive four is unlikely to change much, midfield could well see dramatic returns for Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter. With Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack seemingly struggling, Dorrans and Rossiter’s returns to fitness (both were at training on the return) is a welcome boost for Gerrard and even if they don’t start, they are certainly likely to be on the bench.

Midfield options are a little thin – McCrorie, Halliday and Ejaria were the main recognised midfield regulars at Auchenhowie, and while it’s feasible all three could start, there are also doubts over Lassana Coulibaly as well who did not make training following his travels with Mali the past two weeks.

Hamilton and their dodgy pitch is notorious, and we highly doubt Stevie will want to risk either Dorrans or Rossiter from the start on such a surface, but equally there’s three of these grounds in the SPL and that’s a minimum of six matches in a season to rule a lot of players out of on such concerns.

But then similarly Gerrard was very clear that he wanted Lee Wallace in the match day squad at Fir Park to ‘experience first team football and atmosphere’ again, so it would be prudent to line up at least one of them on the bench even if there’s minimal intention of using them.

We’ll see come Sunday if Stevie calls on either.

7 comments:

  1. No no no. He must not play on Sunday! We can’t risk him on that surface...

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  2. Can't play Rossiter, as soon as he hits fresh air he gets injured for 6 months, time to get rid

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  3. Stuart, sadly I'm not sure what surfaces we can risk him on :-)
    BB, I have said many times and places, no point in getting rid, we would have to pay up the contract. He may grow out of this in which case we may well want to keep him, but no financial loss either way

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    1. Ibrox has a good pitch 😜 we need to get this lad in the shop window. A few appearances at the end of games at ibrox should limit the risk. Putting him on Astro is asking for trouble

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  4. The Irish havery got it wrong 1 player doesn't make a team and if they couldn't manage without him what does it say about us scots had withdrawals have we stopped them playing for their clubs no as for rossiter it's not the game for him I would use Glenn Middleton or greza by all means have him on the bench but we can't afford to loose another winnable game against lesser opposition . So come on boys

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  5. We should still have More than Enough to See off Hamilton.

    I Say we Need to Cut our Losses with Rossiter
    ...Literally the Lad is a Walking Injury.

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  6. Play him let’s find out if he gets through a game without being injured

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