Former Rangers player Jordan Rossiter has been named captain of Fleetwood Town after making an impressive impact at the EFL League One club.
Rossiter joined the Gers in 2016 from Liverpool and was tipped to make it big in the game.
However, a number of serious injuries blighted his time at Ibrox and he would only make 16 first-team appearances across four years with the club.
Towards the end of his stint in Glasgow, he spent time on loan at both Bury and Fleetwood and eventually joined the latter on an initial one-year deal in August 2020 after being released by the Gers.
The 24-year-old put his injury woes behind him last season and racked up 36 appearances for the Lancashire club.
He established himself as a key member of the starting XI and it was announced on Thursday that as a reward for his impact and efforts, he was being given the captain’s armband for the 2021/22 campaign.
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“I’m delighted – for the gaffer to give me the armband and the opportunity to lead the lads was great to hear,” he said [Fleetwoodtownfc.com]. “The captaincy won’t change me as a player either on or off the pitch, I’m just going to be the same as I always am – it’s good that the gaffer is trusting me with the armband, and I can’t wait to wear it this season.”
“I’m an easy-going lad and feel like I want to take on all the added responsibility. I’m always here to help anyone no matter what the situation is but, I don’t think it’ll change much on a day-to-day basis as it’s a really good dressing room, the only thing that’s changed is I’ll have something on my arm on Saturday.”
His captaincy didn’t get off to a fairytale start, with Fleetwood losing 1-0 at home to Portsmouth on the opening day.
Rossiter had a tough time of it at Rangers and while many Bears were disappointed that they didn’t get to see him in full flow at Ibrox, it’s great to see him back playing regularly and pushing on.
League One may not be the level he thought he’d be playing at at this stage in his career, but he still has time to move up the divisions if he can stay healthy and perform consistently over the coming seasons.
Another player who was released by Rangers in 2020 scored a fine goal for a rival club on Saturday.