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1st Dec, 2017 | 4:23pm

This Rangers ace is key to future and new manager must build team around him

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Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie has burst onto the scene in recent months with a string of fantastic displays – but it’s been no surprise to see him stroll through the early part of his senior Ibrox career.

Anyone that has seen the 19-year-old over the last few years will have seen McCrorie’s undoubted potential and, after watching him regularly for Rangers’ Under-20 side last season, the only surprise is that he wasn’t in the side earlier.

Since making hs debut against Partick Thistle in September, McCrorie has gone on to make 11 appearances for the first-team and forced his way into a regular first-team place.

As captain of the club’s Under-20’s, McCrorie led by example in a young Rangers Academy side which often featured 15 and 16-year olds as they look to push on the next batch of prospects.

Even when forced out to right-back to accommodate David Bates in Graeme Murty’s Under-20s, McCrorie took it in his stride and continued to shine.

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When he was sent out on loan to Ayr United and Dumbarton, McCrorie took the challenge in his stride and impressed fans of both clubs with performances which were well beyond his years.

Had he not been at Dumbarton last season, he would almost certainly have stepped into the first-team instead of David Bates after injuries to senior players left Rangers short of bodies.

Whether in central defence, midfield or at right-back, McCrorie is they type of player who – as fans are getting to see now – doesn’t get involved in petty little feuds with opposition players and doesn’t let mistakes affect his game.

Alongside twin brother Robby, Ross could quite easily go on to be part of a Rangers side – assuming he doesn’t get distracted by the things which have ended many a young Scot’s promising career – for however long he wants to.

In the latest Rangers news, Murty has had his say on Wednesday’s game against the Dons.

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