Jordan Rossiter’s return to action for Rangers could turn out to be like a new signing for Rangers.
When the campaign began, who truly believed Rossiter would be playing much of a part in it? Steven Gerrard, you would imagine, built his squad on the basis that Rossiter was nowhere near a key-man in it.
Yet, the former Liverpool academy star has overcome strong adversity to return to the squad. Now, he’s got his eyes firmly focused on catching Gerrard’s.
Speaking to the press yesterday, Rossiter touched upon his return to action.
“It has been a long road back to full recovery but it has been brilliant just to be back in with the lads and involved again on Sunday.
““It was great to be out there on a big occasion but I know I have a long way to go myself to get back to my full match sharpness.
“There is no hiding it I have had a lot of set-backs in the few years I have been at Rangers but I am in a really good place now, physically and mentally. I just have to keep doing the right things on the pitch, as well as off it to make sure I stay available for the gaffer.”
Rossiter now has a key chance to build some consistency to his game now that he’s injury-free. Just two appearances this season so far shows that he’s still yet to make much impact in this Gerrard team.
He does have pedigree, however, and is returning when many thought he would be out the door. Gerrard’s arrival has perhaps been vital to him staying at the club beyond the summer.
Nobody expected him to play any real part in the squad this season. But if he starts to perform the way his potential says he can, then Rangers fans could be in for a real unexpected treat.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rossiter pitched in for the Kilmarnock game tonight. Being put in front of the press was another sign of confidence from Gerrard in his young midfielder.
Whether Rossiter’s return truly does strengthen the squad remains to be seen. After all, who can truly state they know what he’s all about from his time at Rangers?
What it is like, however, is a new signing. He’s raring to go, finally injury free, and looking to catch the manager’s eye.