AFTER nearly five months without starting a football match Jordan Rossiter said it was an “unbelievable” feeling to be back in the Rangers starting XI.
The 2016 summer signing had played just 12 times for the Gers before Steven Gerrard gave him the nod against Accies on Sunday lunchtime. His last start came against Hibernian on the final day of last season, when he scored at Easter Road.
The Liverpool academy product shone on the Gers pre-season trip to Spain but fell to injury once again on return to Scotland. He managed a substitute appearance against Ayr United in the League Cup in September and now he has been reinstated, completing 81 minutes, in the Gerrard’s first league away win, he is keen to kick on.
Speaking to RangersTV Rossister said: “It was an unbelievable feeling to be back playing today, it has been a very tough time for me this year but the gaffer has put his faith in me and I just want to start paying everyone back out there.
“I have kept on speaking to the manager when I have been out and he is right behind me. I just need to start paying back that faith in performances.
“He stressed before the game that the lads needed to get their first away win and we have done that so it’s good.
“To be honest I have a long way to go in terms of getting back to fitness. To be fair the lad has cut inside me for their goal and I apologise for that. It was just great to be back out there though.
“There is a lot of competition for places which is great and I am just made up to be back involved and three points is always a bonus.”
Rangers scored three of their four goals after 84 minutes after being pegged back on 80 minutes. Ryan Kent had fired his side ahead just before half-time.
James Tavernier tucked home a double of penalties to steal the points before Alfredo Morelos knicked an injury time fourth. Rossiter agreed with his manager that Rangers weren’t at their best.
He continued: “We knew it was flat but we knew we hadn’t won away from home so the most important thing was the three points and we were maybe a bit lucky, we rode our luck at times.
“It is a massive three points but we know it can be a lot, lot better.
“It is always nice to get it off your back [winning away], we would have liked it to have been in our first away game or second one but it is nice to win away from home. The fans turned out in their number again so it’s good to send them home happy.”