Friday, 2 November 2018

Steven Gerrard must make this dramatic switch in midfield


Barely a month ago Ibrox Noise projected Jordan Rossiter as a potential January departure. While we loved him, his inability to stay fit and his mere 10 appearances in two years had told its own story.

We didn’t want to say goodbye, but there are only so many times you can flog a dead horse.

Yet, a bare month on, Rossiter has managed a full 90 minutes on 3G no less, and while he hasn’t featured since, the fact he’s been involved on the bench and been taking prime stage with the media duties of late suggests Jordan Rossiter, finally, after 24+ long, long months is ready to make a major impact at Ibrox.

Earlier today we confirmed Rangers fans believe Lassana Coulibaly should be dropped due to poor form, and at the same time, it seems the stage is finally set for Rossiter to replace him, and to finally become a fixture in Rangers’ first team.

There’s no doubt he has talent – lots of it.

We only had to watch his now-legendary cameo at Easter Road to know what this kid has about him.

He plays football in an excellent spirit, he bursts a gut, he runs his heart out and he has no lack of football ability to back all that up. With some excellent vision, simple retention passing and hard tackling plus leadership, Rossiter is every inch the model of Steven Gerrard himself at that age.

The only thing he’s lacked is fitness.

And with Dorrans out till next year, Coulibaly struggling for form, and even doubts over Ovie Ejaria’s fitness now creeping in (ankle) Rossiter definitely has his chance.

He’s had absolutely horrendous luck with injuries, just like Ryan Jack, and we would be willing to say these two are the finest defensive midfielders currently at Ibrox (regular readers will know we hold Greg Docherty high in that regard too). Ross McCrorie is very able as well, but we feel these two shade it.

Either way, Rossiter surely has his chance now – Gerrard has shown willing to start him, and get him involved – that bodes well for his future and if he can hold fitness and gain form, Rangers almost have a new signing.

Quite a turnaround from not that long ago!


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8 comments:

  1. An absolute must! Rossiter has so much potential to be the best player at Ibrox. He's so different from the midfielders we have, hes the only player we have that can actually dictate the pace of a game i.e play alot quicker than the rest of our pedestrian like midfielders. I'd also play Halliday in midfield with him, I thought he was our best player before he got moved out of position to LB again. Jack Rossiter and Halliday for me tomorrow.

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  2. I think Ross McCrorie should be given his chance before Rossiter. I see a future Rangers captain in him and believe he deserves a run of games ahead of a very disappointing midfield combination we have seen of late. Apart from his sending off against St. Mirren he has played very well when chosen. He also gives us height for defending set plays and more of an aerial threat in the opposition box something Rossiter cannot provide

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  3. Agreed. To take injuries a bit further. Not only our own players but the SPL injuries as a whole make me think the modern day player's intense push for excellence is a cause for so many breakdowns. The old firm schedule in particular with European and internationals has definitely taken it's toll on their players. They are under pressure to come back when they might not be 100% and their form suffers accordingly. Hearts too have lost top players for months.

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  4. I don’t think Halliday should get near our team. Does anyone think he would get in the Celtic team?

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  5. Mark my words in a months time you will be moaning about rossiter needing to be replaced. he isn't half the player coulibaly is and time will prove me right. i hate to say it because i love stevie g but this experiment is collapsing sadly

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    1. Hahaha half the player Coulibaly! - Your not being serious are you? Rossiter was a better player at 15 than Coulibaly ever will be! and staying fit he will easily be the best midfielder in Scotland in a season or two when he's still years short of his prime. Mark my words..

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  6. He can definitely, do the job. Of that, I have no doubts. I don't think he should be used in every game. At least, till we see if he can stay fit. But i'm really chuffed to see him back. I do worry for him though, when we play knuckle-dragger teams, such as Hamilton and Motherwell. As much as I think he's a high quality player, another injury could spell the final curtain for him. I hope sincerely, that that does not happen.

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