Rangers’ weekend victory at Hamilton saw Jordan Rossiter take steps towards rebuilding his Ibrox career.
The former Liverpool midfielder’s move north of the border has not exactly worked out as planned, but his performance on Sunday and Steven Gerrard’s subsequent praise for his reliability and commitment suggested that there is still hope for the Englishman yet.
Rossiter may well have hoped to retain his place for the important visit of Spartak Moscow, but Gerrard revealed a huge injury boost that may well change the landscape.
Gerrard told the Rangers’ official website that Ryan Jack, who performed so impressively in the early part of the season, is back and available for the match against the Russians, which could put the Gers in the box seat for qualification for the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
It would surely be Rossiter who does drop out if Gerrard decides to bring Jack back in immediately. That in itself is a consideration as the manager surely does not want to dent his fellow Scouser’s improved confidence.
But he must also be careful with Jack. He has had his injury problems and Gerrard needs his services throughout the whole season.
Rossiter should get the nod from the off, before bringing Jack off the bench if Rangers are ahead. But will Gerrard be able to resist the tempation to throw Jack in from the off in such a big game? That’s the big question.