Rangers coup? Gary Gillespie claims Rodgers rates Ibrox new boy Jordan Rossiter very highly

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Rangers brought midfielder Jordan Rossiter to Ibrox last month.

Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter in action against Bordeaux's Nicolas Maurice BelayJordan Rossiter in action for Liverpool against Bordeaux's Nicolas Maurice Belay

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Gary Gillespie has told the Daily Mail that new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is a huge fan of new Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter.

Rangers swooped to land Rossiter last month, and with his contract expiring at Liverpool later this summer, the Gers have got him for a knock-down price of just £250,000.

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That appears to be an incredible deal for Rangers, as 19-year-old midfielder Rossiter has been tipped to have a huge future ahead of him.

It's now up to Gers boss Mark Warburton to help Rossiter develop, and ironically, it was new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers who gave Rossiter his Liverpool debut back in 2014.

Warburton and Rodgers will be going head-to-head in the Old Firm derbies next season, and it's now claimed that Rodgers is a huge fan of Warburton's recent signing Rossiter.

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Former Liverpool, Celtic and Scotland defender Gary Gillespie - who worked as an analyst for Liverpool TV - believes Rodgers thought 'very highly' of Rossiter during their time together at Anfield.

Gillespie also told the Daily Mail that he thinks that Rossiter could become a top player at Rangers, adding to the belief that Warburton and recruitment chief Frank McParland landed a coup with his signature - and you have to wonder whether Rodgers would've tried to bring him to Celtic if he had the chance.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

"It is one of these little quirks in football, isn’t it?" said Gillespie. "I know that Brendan thought very highly of Jordan. He had brought in most of the coaching staff at the academy when Jordan was coming through. The feedback was obviously good because Brendan played him in a few games, in the League Cup and in the earlier part of the Europa League. He spoke well of him."

"It will be interesting next season because, in many ways, Brendan and Mark Warburton have very similar traits. They are a very modern style of coach and manager. Rangers, with Mark and the coaching staff they have, will be thinking they can get the very best out of Jordan. And if he develops like we all think he could then Rangers will have a real player on their hands. He is a feisty little character, which I really like. He has everything a player needs to go on to a higher level," he added.

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