In May 2016, Rangers signed Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool following the expiration of his contract with the Merseyside club.
The end of Rossiter’s time at Liverpool had come to a bitter conclusion as the midfielder picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty, and although he returned from injury in December of that year, he would once again aggravate the same injury which would put him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
A highly-rated player during his time in the academy and likened to Liverpool legend, Steve Gerrard, the deal seemed a good one if the midfielder could stay fit and therefore, it was reasonable for the Rangers fans to be excited by his arrival.
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— TheCaptainsArmband™️ (@TheHairyJobbie) May 13, 2016
he is brilliant!
— HendoMorenoIngsLovrenfan (@KloppComp) May 13, 2016
— Craig Barlow (@Bigbarlow06) May 13, 2016
@AnfieldHQ @jordan_rossiter as a Liverpool and Rangers fan this is perfect
— Arran L (@LamontArran) May 13, 2016
— Sparky (@markmcalpine11) May 14, 2016
superb!!! Welcome to Rangers wee man!!
— Jardel Loyal Craigyy (@PaleriderCraig) May 13, 2016
welcome to the famous Glasgow Rangers Jordan #WATP absolutely buzzing about this signing
— Scott (@nivs72) May 13, 2016
If injuries were to be a huge factor in the conclusion of Rossiter’s career, unfortunately, they’d also be a huge factor in his start to life at Ibrox.
He made his debut in the League Cup in July but picked up a calf injury not long after which resulted in the midfielder spending nearly four months on the sidelines. The injury proved to be more serious than first thought as the midfielder missed the whole of his first season at the club.
Under Pedro Caixinha, it was much the same as although he did feature in Rangers’ Europa League qualifying campaign he once again suffered an injury which ruled him out for most of the season.
This year, the midfielder has finally returned to action and looks as though he could be a useful man in Steven Gerrard’s side. He’s played 82 minutes in the league and if he can stay fit, Rangers have got a solid midfielder on their hands.
Time will tell but if he can show the promise he showed as a youngster, the enthusiasm which greeted his arrival may well be justified in the coming months.