JORDAN Rossiter joined in full training with Graeme Murty’s squad this morning as the 20-year-old looks to return to fitness after another long lay-off.
The midfielder played four times at the start of this season but hasn’t played since August, when he featured as an 81st minute substitute against Ross County.
The former Liverpool youngster has had his time at Ibrox plagued by injury, only making six appearances in 2016/17, his first season at the club, but now Murty has revealed he is hopeful Rossiter with feature again this season.
Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “We have Jordan Rossiter joining in training today which is good, not just for us but also for Jordan.
“Being injured and being out for a long time can be sapping mentally, it can be very draining but hopefully now there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for him and we can get him involved on a regular basis and actually progress him forward.
“I would hope to see him this season, it is just making sure that when we actually get him in we build up his load and his level gradually and we don’t expect too much too soon.
“He has had a hard time so far so getting him involved; getting him out on the grass with the players will be really good for his psyche.”
Meanwhile Ross McCrorie will see a specialist on Tuesday to determine the lay-off he will require from an ongoing foot injury. The 19-year-old suffered a setback while in Florida over the winter break.
“Ross McCrorie will have an appointment with the specialist about his foot tomorrow, we will find out more once that has been done.
“We were hoping both he and Ryan Jack would get game time in Florida, that is why we took them but as it turns out their injuries have taken a little bit longer to settle.
“We will have more details once they have both seen their specialists and we have to make sure we are guided by our medical staff about their return.
“When you know Ross, he is quite level and emotionally mature anyway so he tends to take things in his stride.
“We were looking at him before this and saying do we need to manage his load as well because he is only a young athlete still. As robust as he is and as well as he’s done, might now be the time to take him out? Might now be the time to give him a rest?
“Unfortunately he has had an enforced rest at the moment but we are always conscious he is only young and we don’t want to put too much on him too soon. We have to make sure he’s okay, he knows the regard we hold him in.”
Kenny Miller is returning to full fitness after tearing his hamstring against Hibernian on December 13.
Murty gave the following update:
“Kenny is getting close, he is hitting some good speeds in his rehab outside and if you know Kenny he is desperate to get back in, he is desperate to be involved.
“He is desperate to stake a claim and put a marker down with the new guys that are here. He is getting close.”