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Should Rangers consider Jordan Rossiter axe this summer?

Jordan Rossiter of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers can't afford to keep Jordan Rossiter unless he proves his worth.

Jordan Rossiter of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jordan Rossiter can't be feeling very good about his Rangers situation at the moment.

Well, the 21-year-old is fit, and when you've only managed 14 appearances for Rangers in three years due to injury then just being available is a bonus in itself, but he isn't playing at the moment and that is likely to remain the case for most of the second half of the season, unless he improves in a big way.

The Gers have just signed Steven Davis on a six-month loan and Glen Kamara - who has penned a pre-contract agreement to join this summer - might be coming to Ibrox earlier than expected.

Neither is particularly good news for the former Liverpool starlet and you wonder whether manager Steven Gerrard might be forced into a heartbreaking decision come this summer.

 

Rossiter has 18 months left on his contract but this is a player who earns £10,000 per week [Daily Mail] and if he isn't contributing then Gerrard really must move him on.

Gerrard is bound to have a soft spot for his former Liverpool team-mate, who he said was Rangers' best player in pre-season training last summer, but he hasn't kicked on this season despite being fit and despite getting chances under the Blues boss.

He was taken off after 58 minutes of the 1-1 draw at Dundee last month and although Gerrard didn't mention him by name, he did say in his post-match interview that some of his players weren't justifying his decision to pick them.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Steven Gerrard of LA Galaxy and Jordan Rossiter of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on December 5, 2015 in Liverpool,...

That was on December 9 and Rossiter has only had five minutes of senior football since.

He's a big talent, but for a while it seemed like fitness was the only thing standing between him and an excellent career in Glasgow, but now there's many obstacles in the form of Davis, Kamara, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack and Ross McCrorie, and Graham Dorrans when he's fit again.

And then of course there's January target Craig Bryson [The Daily Record] who also plays in Rossiter's position.

If Rossiter doesn't do enough over the next five months to suggest that he deserves to go into the last year of his contract then Gerrard must consider cutting him loose, as hard as it might be.

Jordan Rossiter of Rangers is seen during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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