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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers appointment could be exactly what Jordan Rossiter needs

Once dubbed ‘the next Gerrard’ Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter has had his troubles since arriving at Ibrox.

Mathew Nash

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It is being reported that Liverpool legend and current under-18s coach Steven Gerrard is in the running to become the new Rangers boss. The Scottish Sun is reporting that the former Liverpool star is in talks regarding the role, which would see him face off against former boss Brendan Rodgers in Old Firm derby matches.

Gerrard would take over permanently from Graeme Murty at Ibrox, who has manned the ship since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha seven months ago. At one point it seemed the former Reading man might be in the running for the job, but recent events have seen him fall way down the pecking order.

The news has seen mixed reactions from Rangers fans. Many would rather see a more experienced name arrive at Ibrox this summer.

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However, one man in Glasgow who will likely want to see this move happen is Rangers midfielder, Jordan Rossiter.

The 21-year-old was himself once dubbed the ‘next Steven Gerrard’. After impressing with the Liverpool youth teams he made his first-team debut for his beloved club as a 17-year-old in September 2014. He went on to score a Gerrard like goal after just 10 minutes to cement his reputation.

But later that season he suffered an ankle injury and the following season a hamstring problem. With his first-team options at Liverpool looking limited, Rossiter headed to Rangers at the end of his contract on Merseyside.

It was supposed to kickstart his fledgeling career, but injuries have again played their part in preventing Rossiter from real success at Ibrox.

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Which is why the arrival of Gerrard could be such a boost for the player. The former Liverpool captain knows exactly what Rossiter is capable of. He has seen it first hand as part of the same Liverpool squad as the youngster.

Rangers fans also know the talent their young midfielder possesses, he just needs the right opportunity, luck and manager to let him shine.

Gerrard could undoubtedly be that man considering the undeniable link between the pair. The appointment of this Liverpool legend would undoubtedly be a massive boost for the Rangers starlet. It might be exactly what he needs to turn his Ibrox stay into a major success.

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Three things learnt from Rangers’ win over Kilmarnock: Morelos can’t be sold

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Rangers have progressed to the next round of the Betfred Cup after seeing off Kilmarnock thanks to an inspired display by Alfredo Morelos in a 3-1 win, with all three goals coming through the Colombian.

Just before the half hour mark he broke the deadlock, heading in James Tavernier’s cross. Before half-time, he scored again, shrugging off pressure from the Kilmarnock defence and firing a pinpoint finish into the corner of the net.

With Rangers in control, disaster struck when Borna Barisic deflected a cross into his own net early on in the second half. The pressure was eased by yet another Morelos goal as Tavernier set him up yet again to tap into the net and complete his hat-trick.

Here’s what we can take from the tie…

Rangers can’t afford to lose Alfredo Morelos

Just as speculation about interest in the 22-year-old heats up again, he produces arguably his greatest performance in a Rangers shirt by netting a hat-trick against Kilmarnock with three impressive finishes.

Gerrard opted to withdraw the striker, who was on a yellow card, after his third goal but if he had continued he could have scored more. It’s clear that if Rangers want to be a success, they need a prolific goalscorer like Morelos, irregardless of whatever money is put on the table from elsewhere.

Steven Gerrard will take every competition seriously

The Rangers boss put out a strong side to face Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup and made it clear that he will not be taking any risks, despite also handling a title challenge in the Scottish Premier League and hoping to reach the Europa League group stages.

After several rounds of qualifiers, it would have been easy for the boss to rest key men like Morelos but he opted to stick with them and give the team the best possible chance of victory and reaching the next round.

James Tavernier is just as crucial to this team as Morelos

Many will be distracted by the headlines and the fact that Morelos netted a hat-trick, but on closer inspection it’s clear to see that the same man set up all three of his goals: James Tavernier. From full-back, he is proving to be one of the team’s most creative outputs.

The 26-year-old has been one of the team’s most outstanding performers since Gerrard arrived and it’s clear that he is fundamental to his coach’s plans.

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What price should Rangers consider selling Alfredo Morelos amid Bordeaux interest?

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Rangers are under pressure to sell star striker Alfredo Morelos after rejecting a bid worth £3.75 million from French club Bordeaux, claim BBC Sport. Morelos’ future was uncertain for much of the summer but finally appeared to be settled until the Ligue Un club came calling.

Having recently sold Malcom to Barcelona, the interested party are not short of funds but are in need of another forward to bolster their front line and it’s clear to see why. Yet, as Steven Gerrard has made very clear in an angry press conference rant, £3.75 million will not be enough to persuade Rangers to part ways.

That said, the manager himself admitted that every player has his price and it now remains to be seen if the French outfit can produce the price that the Scottish side have in mind.

“The message to Bordeaux is we don’t want to sell. If they want the player then they need to show some respect and come blow us out the water with a massive, massive bid. Otherwise don’t pick the phone up. It’s the right decision to reject it, it’s nowhere near high enough. Teams can’t think they can knock at our door and pinch our best players for derisory bids. It’s not going to happen. For me, I want him to stay. I want him to sign a new deal on improved terms and help the rest of us be successful moving forward.”

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was clear in not wanting to allow Morelos to depart.

With not long left in the transfer window, with key markets in England and Italy having shut, it’s clear to see why Gerrard may be reluctant to allow his first choice striker to depart regardless of the fee offered.

Already this season, the youngster has shown both the best and the worst of his game. His sending off for a petulant kick on the opening day was exactly what Gerrard will not want in his team, yet he will be well aware of the fact that he can score goals just as he did against St. Mirren the following weekend.

Pinning down a number that Rangers would accept seems difficult, but it’s hard to imagine that it would not be into eight figures. If so, it may be too good a fee to turn down if it comes imminently enough to allow Gerrard to find a replacement.

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Three things learnt from Rangers’ qualification over Maribor: Morelos hasn’t learned

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Rangers only needed a 0-0 draw to see out a 3-1 first leg win and secure qualification for the Europa League’s final qualifying round by beating Maribor in Slovenia.

A 91st minute penalty was the closest either team came to breaking the deadlock on the night with the hosts proving to be the more dominant of the two teams, but they failed to turn their chances and possession into goals.

Here’s what can be learned from the game…

McGregor is the quality of goalkeeper Rangers need

Having made six saves, including an injury time penalty from Marcos Tavares, Alan McGregor has continued to show that he is the kind of goalkeeper that the team need having failed to ever really replace him.

Now being asked to perform at a higher level than ever before to push the team into European football, the 36-year-old is showing that he has what it takes after having been with Hull in the second tier.

Gerrard is going for the Mourinho style of media management

Steven Gerrard remains unbeaten in his role as a manager at senior level, yet many are still beginning to learn what to expect from the former Liverpool captain. Perhaps surprisingly, his attitude when addressing the press has drawn comparisons to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who he has never hidden his admiration for.

“They had confidence, they had ego, and they are devastated. They had no respect for us, but my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that gives me great confidence going forward.”

Gerrard shocked some with his post-match comments.

The former England man’s ‘us against the world’ attitude was previously evident following claims of refereeing conspiracies against Aberdeen. He’s made it clear that he is no novice learning his trade, but is willing to come out fighting.

Morelos hasn’t learned

Despite having been sent off against Aberdeen, only for the decision to later be overturned, for lashing out, Alfredo Morelos was at it again against Maribor. His temperament got the better of him and, in a heated affair, he was involved in numerous altercations.

Few doubt his potential and his ability, but concerns over his discipline remain. With Bordeaux having made a £3.75 million bid, which was instantly rejected according to BBC Sport, Rangers may well be tempted to cash in if he can’t prove that he can behave himself and avoid referees having to take action.

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