In May 2016, Glasgow Rangers agreed on a pre-contract deal for Liverpool youngster Jordan Rossiter in what was an impressive piece of business from Mark Warburton, especially since Rangers had just been promoted back to the Premiership.
The 19-year-old cost the Light Blues just £250k in compensation and having been highly regarded at Liverpool over the previous few years, with Robbie Fowler even proclaiming him as “a young Stevie G”, it’s fair to say he didn’t live up to his potential at Anfield.
A debut goal against Middlesbrough in a League Cup tie in 2014 had the Liverpool faithful excited for what the future might hold, however, they were to be severely disappointed. Rossiter made just five first-team appearances for the club before arriving in Glasgow in 2016.
The midfielder was expected to become a key part of Rangers’ future as Warburton looked set to challenge Celtic for the Scottish crown, with the club having been in lower league purgatory for the previous four years.
Rossiter featured in six of the club’s first nine games of the campaign before sustaining a calf injury against Kilmarnock in August. By November, he still wasn’t back fit and suffered a setback according to Warburton which would eventually rule him out of the rest of the season.
A grand total of five appearances in 2017/2018 due to more injury woes had a big impact on his progress and although Steven Gerrard joined the club as manager in the summer of 2018, it didn’t work out for Rossiter in the end.
181 minutes of action were all he received under Gerrard before joining Bury on loan in January 2019. Another loan move, this time to Fleetwood Town, for the 2019/2020 campaign was eventually made permanent.
The 25-year-old appears to be struggling in League One, averaging just 36.3 touches per game alongside a pass success rate of only 70% and the once-heralded midfielder seems to be in decline.
It looks like Rangers played a blinder by moving him on when he did, mainly due to his lack of impact in League One and his worrying injury record.