Jordan Rossiter’s injury problems at Rangers have been well-documented.
The Rangers midfielder has had a hellish two years at Ibrox under several different managers. Consistent false dawns have occured where he has returned from injury only to break down once again soon after.
The latest shot in the arm for Rossiter comes in the form of him playing for the reserves today. The former Liverpool academy star started for Rangers against Motherwell in a reserve clash earlier. The likes of Lee Wallace, Umar Sadiq, and Eros Grezda all joined him.
Rossiter played 45 minutes before being hooked, and therefore shows supporters he’s back avialable.
It may take some time for the Englishman to actually build up his fitness, but he must be on last-chance saloon. If Rossiter is to start impressing at Ibrox and be a success, time is rapidly running out.
The midfield competition
With the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Lassana Coulibaly, and Scott Arfield all hitting their stride, Rossiter doesn’t fit in. The fact that Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack and Ross McRorie are all waiting in line doesn’t help him either.
He’s as far down the pecking order as he’s ever been at Ibrox. Despite having a raft of injury problems since joining the club, things have never looked as bleak for Rossiter as they do now.
We argued in the past that he was perhaps Rangers’ worst-ever signing. Given that the midfielder isn’t likely to be on low wages, he’s been a total waste.
He was also part of a running joke during Mark Warburton’s tenure regarding his availability. The midfielder was often spoke of by the Rangers manager as being close to returning, but never did.
Now, we find ourselves at the familiar junction of Rossiter being fit once more. It’s a scenario in which the Warburton signing has so often had in the past before picking up a new injury.
If that happens to be the case this time under Gerrard, then surely his time is up. We’ve yet to see one moment of genuine quality from him in a Rangers jersey, where as many others ahead of him have flourished.
He’s got one more chance. If another injury occurs for him in the near future, then Rangers must get him off the wage bill.