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An impressive cameo from JRC, says the boss

Joe Rankin-Costello's performance against Sheffield United in midweek left Tony Mowbray purring

29 August 2019

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Joe Rankin-Costello isn't far off from being a regular in the Rovers squads according to Tony Mowbray, who was impressed by the youngster's display at Sheffield United in midweek.

The youngster emerged off the bench for the final 20 minutes in the Carabao Cup second round clash against The Blades and played his part in Rovers' consolation goal late on.

The 20-year-old has shown his versatility in pre-season and in the Under-23s sides in the last few months, featuring on the wings, behind the frontman and also at right back at times.

But the utility man featured on the left hand side of a three behind Sam Gallagher in the Steel City, and after featuring in the goal, also saw an effort hacked off the line.

And Mowbray was pleased with the showing from his young starlet.

“Joe Rankin-Costello is a good player and if anything he’s been very unlucky to not be in and around the team," Mowbray admitted when asked about his display.

“We’ve signed Stewart Downing, who has shown his quality, whilst Joe Rothwell is chomping at the bit to play as well. Adam Armstrong has played out wide as well at times.

“It’s been hard for Joe because out wide is his best position, in my opinion. But I played him at right back a lot in pre-season to get him in the team as he was injured a lot last season.

“He’s now had a full pre-season, is ready to go, is strong, technically good and aggressive," he added.

“All those things are exactly what you want in a footballer really. He won’t be far away from pushing on.”

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