Jordan Rossiter confirmed fit despite first-team dropping
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Jordan Rossiter confirmed fit despite first-team dropping

Jordan Rossiter’s injury hell at Ibrox looks to finally be behind him, with Steven Gerrard confirming he’s fit.

The midfielder looked to be back in first-team reckoning once more several weeks ago. An appearance against Hamilton Accies was followed up with several league matches in which he failed to make a substantial appearance. There were also two Europa League clashes in between, but Rossiter isn’t part of the club’s European squad.

Other than a three-minute cameo against St Mirren a couple of weeks ago, Rossiter has seen no action. He looked like being eased into the side after his fine performance at New Douglas Park, but that hasn’t been the case.

Jordan Rossiter’s injury concerns look to be behind him (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard, however, has moved to ease fears of any injury speculation. The Rangers manager confirmed to Rangers TV that his midfielder is indeed fit.

“Jordan is fine, he’s fit, but he needs to fight for his position. Ryan and Lassana have been performing really well and Ross McCrorie is fighting in that position.

“In midfield, more than anywhere else, we have big numbers and it will be difficult to keep the shirt.”

The midfield war is heating up nicely

The battle to make Gerrard’s midfield has become notoriously fierce this season. If there’s one position a player like Rossiter didn’t want to be playing in at the moment, it’s the engine room.

The former Liverpool man has made three appearances for the Ibrox side in total this term. Ayr United, Hamilton, and St Mirren have seen Rossiter make his mark, but it’ll be a struggle to get into the midfield consistently.

Rossiter has only featured on three occasions for Rangers this season (Daniel Kopatsch/Bongarts/Getty Images)

How this all unfolds ahead of December’s hectic schedule will be interesting. Gerrard clearly favours Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Jack, and Scott Arfield as his three engine room operators. Lassana Coulibaly, however, will also return full of confidence after helping Mali reach the African Cup of Nations.

There were also words of encouragement from Gerrard regarding Ross McCrorie. The young Scottish midfielder is another who’s struggled for any game-time this season. He’s managed to make 10 appearances this term, but only four of them have been starts.

McCrorie and Rossiter are the two outsiders trying to bang on Gerrard’s door to get in. Fans will be pleased to hear, however, that the latter isn’t suffering from any apparent knocks these days.