JORDAN Rossiter said he is glad to have his injury nightmare over after a first league start this season and maiden goal for Rangers in a crazy final day game.
The Gers came from 3-0 down to lead Hibernian 5-4 before the Edinburgh side scored late on to seal a draw. Rossiter’s strike pulled the game back to 3-2 in the opening period.
With Aberdeen winning at Parkhead it meant the Gers finished third in the table and the midfielder was not unhappy with not achieving second place.
The 21-year-old told RangersTV: “It was definitely one of the craziest games I’ve ever played in.
“We said at the start of the game that we had to weather the storm because we knew they would come out the traps and that certainly didn’t happen from us.
“I thought the boys showed great character to get back into the game but it is just disappointing overall.
“Our hopes were to finish second, that is the best we could have done and we haven’t achieved it which is a little disappointing.
“The lads left it all on the pitch today. The fans turned out in their numbers again today and were fantastic.
“We didn’t know what was happening with Aberdeen, we just knew we had a job to do and I thoight we did that for most of the game. The goal at the end was disappointing.
“Unfortunately Aberdeen won anyway which meant this result in the end didn’t matter. The lads gave their all and that is sometimes all you can ask for.”
Rossiter has only played for the Light Blues four times this season and his last appearance came back in August away to Ross County.
He has been plagued by injuries since his arrival from Liverpool two years ago on this day. He managed to only play in August during his first campaign.
“It has been a long and frustrating season for me, my injury history speaks for itself but hopefully it is all behind me. I felt good on the pitch today and hopefully I will go into pre-season flying.
“I wouldn’t say I go into the summer happy because we drew today which isn’t good enough and didn’t finish second.
“I have been fit since the middle of February and I have been itching at the chance to get back into the team. I was delighted to get my first start today and I loved having the shirt on again.”
Rossiter is one Gers player who has direct experience of new manager Steven Gerrard, the scouser has played under the former Reds captain while at his former club.
He thinks if Gerrard leads the team as coach as he did as skipper at Anfield then Rangers should succeed.
“I am looking forward to having Steven Gerrard in charge, I played under him as a player and I am sure I am going to learn just as much under him as a coach.
“No matter what manager is coming in I am going to be ready for pre-season and hopefully stay fit and clear of injuries. This is where I want to be.”