Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter believes Brendan Rodgers has had a major influence on his career, The Scottish Sun reports.
Rodgers was in charge of Liverpool when Rossiter was coming through the ranks. And the Northern Irishman believed in Rossiter, giving him opportunities in the first-team.
Rossiter even started a game against Chelsea and he will never forget the faith Rodgers placed in him. Rodgers went on to manage Celtic and Rossiter moved to Rangers but the rivalry does not stand in the way of the 22-year-old’s admiration for his former boss.
Currently on loan at Fleetwood Town in League One, Rossiter knows that his Rangers career might be over. But he believes Rodgers’ work with him stands him in good stead for the future.
Rossiter on Rodgers
Rossiter told The Scottish Sun: “Brendan Rodgers played a massive part in my development. His man-management and coaching skills were brilliant and I fed off it.
“He believed in me which meant a lot and it stood me in good stead. I got on to the bench a few times, starting at Chelsea. There were a lot of injuries at the time which promoted me but I was very young and didn’t realistically expect too much.”
Rossiter is unlikely to break back into the Rangers team. Unfortunately, a spate of injuries has put an end to that dream. But with the tools Rodgers has given him, Rossiter will probably carve out a decent career in English football.
It is clear that Rodgers means a lot to him – regardless of the Celtic-Rangers divide. This is respect that transcends footballing rivalries and Rossiter will always remember Rodgers’ work.