Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton has suggested Jordan Rossiter has played his final game for the Ibrox natives, and will leave the Gers in 2020 when his contract expires.
Rossiter moved to Scotland from Liverpool in 2016 when he signed a four-year contract, but struggled to establish himself in the Rangers first team due to various injuries before securing loan moves to Bury and Fleetwood Town.
The 22-year-old will remain at Fleetwood until the end of the season, at which point he will become a free agent, unless Gers boss Steven Gerrard steps in to offer the young midfielder new terms.
But Hutton doubts the Liverpool icon will do so, as Rossiter does not appear to be a part of his plans, after making just five outings under Gerrard last term across all competitions (TransferMarkt) following a calf injury.
“I can’t imagine [he has a future at Rangers],” Hutton told Football Insider. “It’s difficult, he’s come up [from Liverpool] and I think he’s had injury problems before he actually signed, as in a history of problems.
“It was difficult, he found it hard to stay fit for long periods of time. He’s out on loan at the moment, [and] can I see him playing for Rangers again? No, not really. Midfield, they’re very strong at the moment.
“I know Gerrard knows him really well, he must obviously think he’s a good player, but ultimately if he can’t stay fit, the chances are going to be slim.”
Rossiter’s four outings in the Scottish Premiership under Gerrard last season were, in fact, the former England youth international’s most in a single league campaign since moving to Ibrox, showing the issues he has had in staying fit that Hutton alluded to.
But the 22-year-old has been able to show signs of being able to stay match-sharp while on loan in League One with Fleetwood, as he has only sat out one league fixture from 11 so far this term, while the Fishermen look to build a promotion challenge after taking the third-most points at this stage of proceedings.
Although Rossiter’s performances in the English third tier have been mixed, to say the least, as he has penned a pass accuracy rating below 66% on four occasions (WhoScored) and has often conceded as many fouls as he has won possession through his tackles.
Recent displays against Rochdale and Ipswich Town showed what he can be capable of, however, as Rossiter recorded eight and three successful tackles in each respectively along with five interceptions in both. He also played his fifth key pass of the term against the Tractor Boys in a Man of the Match contending display.
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