Torrid injury problems have tarnished what was supposed to be an exciting Rangers career for Jordan Rossiter, but a decent loan spell at Bury suggests he has laid the foundations to finally make his mark at Ibrox next season.
League Two is not widely regarded as a division which harbours elite-level talent, but Bury manager Ryan Lowe seems to think a special player has passed through the fourth tier of English football this season.
The player in question is, of course, Rossiter, a player who Rangers fans were expecting to shine when he arrived in 2016. He has made just 16 senior appearances for the club in a three year spell, leaving fans wondering if he’ll ever remain injury-free for long enough to fulfil the promise which defined his teenage years.
Finally, finally, the 22-year-old has managed to enjoy that rarest of beasts: an extended run of matches at senior level.
The combative midfielder started 15 times for Bury during his spell and helped the club to clinch automatic promotion after finishing the season in 2nd place.
With the curtain drawn on the gruelling 46-fixture campaign, Lowe has delivered a glowing verdict on Rossiter’s time at Gigg Lane, per The Herald.
“I think a lot of credit has to go to Jordan for his determination and he must have picked up about ten Man of the Match awards in the 17 games that he played for us.
“He was instrumental, he was terrific and what a lad, a real hard working character.”
Steven Gerrard is well equipped in central midfield, with the likes of Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack, Ryan Halliday, Ross McCrorie and Steven Davis all strong options in that position.
But Lowe’s glowing admission on Rossiter suggests that Rangers have a quality talent at their disposal who is simply waiting to be unearthed.
Kamara may have been signed in a bargain £50,000 deal but excellent central midfielders are seldom found for anything less than a premium price in the modern market, so Rossiter could save the club a small fortune if he finally realises his potential next season.
There are likely to be some teething problems if Gerrard aims to make him an important part of the senior squad next season, but his form with Bury clearly suggests he’s worth pursuing with.
The Gers boss has plenty to mull over in the summer transfer window but, with Rossiter fully fit and enjoying a productive 2019, he has no reason to sign a new central midfielder.