Rangers are not only flying high in the league after so many years but are also making their presence known in the transfer market with multiple top-notch signings. The Bears have started the winter transfer window from where they left off in the summer and have already announced four inclusions this month.
The new arrivals, meanwhile, have jeopardised the future of a few of their stars who were already struggling to make it to Steven Gerrard’s first-team plans. Veteran Steven Davis’ return to the Ibrox on a six-month loan deal from Southampton has apparently sent Jordan Rossiter further down the pecking order.
It, however, might be viewed as the other way round! Davis, 34, is a short-fix in the middle of the park following the long-term injury absence of Graham Dorrans. Ovie Ejaria has already been sent back to his parent club Liverpool whereas it is still unclear whether Lassana Coulibaly, the Angers loanee, would be tied down on a permanent deal at the end of the ongoing term.
The Malian, however, has faded off lately despite a bright start and tying down Glen Kamara on a pre-contract agreement has cast further doubts over the midfielder’s future with the Light Blues.
Rossiter left Liverpool to join the Gers back in 2016 which turned out to be a nightmare due to a series of major injury casualties. It must have been the hope to reintegrate him with the first team under Gerrard, but the youngster failed to prove his fitness and has only featured five times so far this campaign.
The likes of Ryan Jack, Ross McCrorie, Andy Halliday and Coulibaly have been preferred in a central role ahead of Rossiter. Yet none of them offers the creativity and technicality that the 21-year-old holds within him as his natural attributes. Davis has been brought in to orchestrate the show from deep down the midfield, but Rossiter has all the traits to replace the Northern Irishman eventually in the long run. However, to do that he needs to make significant strides in the upcoming months.
Rangers have already invested heavily to reconstruct the squad and must bank on the options they currently have to reclaim the lost charm. Rossiter is still younger than most of their stars and should not be rushed or let loose even though the fans have been waiting to witness his mastery for a long time now. He should be handed a bit more time to resurrect his Rangers career before being shown the door when his current deal expires in the summer of 2020.