Early last month, Steven Gerrard made a big transfer decision concerning one of his central midfielders.
He allowed Jordan Rossiter to leave Ibrox on loan, despite his current contract being set to expire at the end of the season.
📝 Jordan Rossiter has today joined @ftfc on a season loan, subject to international clearance.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 8, 2019
It means that, unless he returns to negotiate a new deal in January, the 22-year-old has likely played his last game for the club.
Injuries, rather than a lack of ability, ushered in this scenario. Rossiter joined the Gers in 2016 and looked like a great acquisition from Liverpool. Yet, he couldn’t stay fit for any length of time.
During the second half of last season, he enjoyed his first proper run in senior football during an impressive loan stint at Bury in EFL League Two.
Yet, with Joe Aribo arriving from Charlton and Greg Docherty returning from a loan spell of his own, it was decided there was still no room for the combative midfielder.
Former Gers midfielder Joey Barton then offered him a move to Fleetwood, and keen to continue rebuilding his career, the scouser took it.
Rangers loanee Jordan Rossiter gets off to strong start
So far, it couldn’t have gone much better, either.
Rossiter played the full 90 minutes in each of the Trawlermen’s first two League One fixtures. In the opener, they triumphed 3-1 at Peterborough, before pulling off a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
It’s great to see the former England youth international put his injury woes behind him.
Unless he hits a spectacular run of form though, Stevie G is unlikely to regret sanctioning this move. That’s because the Gers are currently so well stocked in midfield.
The manager recently lauded the trio of Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo, who starred in Sunday’s win over Hibernian [RangersTV]. Even Glen Kamara is becoming something of a bench warmer right now, such is the quality available.
Rossiter simply wouldn’t be getting a look if he had remained at Ibrox. It’s much better that he’s somewhere where he can play week in, week out and really make his mark.