Date: 6th June 2018 at 9:57am
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Former Rangers midfielder Bob Malcolm thinks Pedro Caixinha’s comments about Ross McCrorie becoming the best Scottish defender ever were “silly” – and thinks Steven Gerrard will “nurture” the 20-year-old’s talent.

Caixinah made the comments following McCrorie’s first-team debut last September and Malcolm thinks Caixinha made a mistake by putting extra pressure on the homegrown star.

Malcolm admitted he thinks McCrorie’s long-term future will be in midfield and hopes working with Gerrard can “mould him” into a genuine talent.

“Over the years, there’s been Alex McLeish, Richard Gough, Willie Miller. To say he was better than them as a kid was a big ask,” Malcolm said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“At Rangers, there is pressure to win every week and to be putting extra pressure on to the kid was silly.

“But the manager didn’t really know anything about the club or what was happening, so it was a statement which went along with some of the things he said after that.

“Steven knows the script and the expectations are the same as Liverpool where you have to win every game, so I’m sure he’ll take Ross aside and nurture him.

“I actually think his best position is sitting midfield, so hopefully Steven can mould him.

Football Insider verdict:

It was an unnecessary comment from Caixinha – although will no doubt have had McCrorie feeling 10 feet tall when he heard them. The 20-year-old can go as far as he wants and the chance to work with Gerrard and McAllister will undoubtedly make him a much better player. From McCrorie’s perspective, there couldn’t be two better people to learn from than Gerrard and McAllister and it could really help the Scotland Under-21 international take the next step in his performances. McCrorie is certain to be a key player for Gerrard’s side over the coming season and he could even be in with a shout of being appointed captain this summer if Lee Wallace leaves, as expected. Although Caixinha’s comments were maybe a bit ill-timed, the sentiment behind it remains and McCrorie has the talent to make himself an all-time great for both club and country.

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