Speaking on the This Is Ibrox podcast, former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has praised Jordan Rossiter, claiming he has the ability to play at the ‘highest level’ but is being held back by injury woes.
Warburton brought Rossiter to Ibrox from Liverpool in 2016 and there was plenty of excitement around the signing.
The former England youth international signed a long-term deal reported to be worth £10,000-a-week [Daily Mail], but didn’t make the impact many had hoped he would.
The club announced on Tuesday evening that Rossiter was one of six players set to be released in the coming weeks [Rangers.co.uk].
Recently, though, Warburton had suggested that if fitness hadn’t been such an issue, he could have been a massive asset for the club.
“I was so frustrated for the boy, I felt so sorry for him,” he said on the This Is Ibrox podcast. “The fact is, he has so much potential.”
“When you see him play down south now, running games, he could be at the highest level but he’s just been very very unfortunate with injuries. You can get into that rut sometimes. You shake off the big one and then you get the niggle in the hamstring, you get the hamstring sorted and then the calf goes.
“If someone is lazy in their rehab, there’s no sympathy for them, but Jordan? Outstanding. Jordan just wanted to play for the club, there’s a real player there and it’s such a frustration that the Ibrox fanbase never got to see what we know is there.”
Rossiter’s inability to stay injury-free has been a big source of frustration to Rangers fans but no doubt most of all, to the player himself.
As Warburton referenced, the Scouser has shown real potential elsewhere during his career.
Before he came to Glasgow he had served as U19 skipper at Liverpool and over the last two years, he has put in some impressive performances on loan at Bury and then at Fleetwood Town.
The midfielder had become a linchpin under Joey Barton over the first half of this season but a serious knee injury picked up in November wrecked any slim chance of him earning another shot at Rangers.
Rossiter is still only 23, though, and could yet forge a successful career in the game should his luck eventually improve.