Rangers fans react to Ross McCrorie debut in win against Partick
By James Black
Rangers defender Ross McCrorie made his first-team debut in their 3-1 League Cup win against Partick on Tuesday night – and fans can’t wait to see more of the defender.
19-year-old McCrorie replaced Bruno Alves after the Portuguese international suffered a thigh injury and didn’t put a foot wrong in his first senior game for the Gers.
McCrorie has been a stand-out for Graeme Murty’s Under-20 side and has had loan spells with Dumbarton and Ayr United but the young stopper excelled in his first outing for Rangers.
Despite his inexperience, McCrorie handled Partick’s Conor Sammon better than Alves or Fabio Cardoso managed and the young defender bullied the Partick forwards as the game went on.
The Scottish Under-21 international looked cool in possession and was never flustered by the Thistle attack as Alan Archibald’s side threw everything at the Light Blues.
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With Alves now a doubt for Saturday’s Old Firm clash, some fans even want to see McCrorie pitched in for his first start for the Gers.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter.
Alnwick kept us in that game ! Declan John looks class and so does ross McCrorie????????
— Gee (@Grantfleming97) September 19, 2017
Mccrorie and Aiden Wilson future centre backs for rangers and Scotland.
— Scott Brothers (@ScottBro1011) September 19, 2017
That was hard work! Thought McCrorie did really well ????⚪️????
— Janis (@Dorothyparker_) September 19, 2017
That Ross McCrorie looks a player pal, 2 or 3 good young boys coming through
— Russell Paisley (@russell_paisley) September 19, 2017
McCrorie was absolutely solid when he came on
— Jordan Kirkpatrick (@JordanK1872) September 19, 2017
Alnwick looks a right good keeper. Young McCrorie looks like a proper prospect. Frustrating as ever but some good football played at times.
— Alan Spiden (@kissmas_wingers) September 19, 2017
McCrorie’s twin brother Robby is also on the books at Ibrox – the young goalkeeper is currently on loan at Berwick – and both are highly-rated by the Ibrox coaching staff.
Also comfortable at right-back and as a defensive midfielder, McCrorie must see more game-time this season if he is to fulfill his undoubted potential.
It was the young defender’s tackle on Sammon which started the move leading to Rangers’ third goal.
Goals from Carlos Pena, Daniel Candeias and Eduardo Herrera booked the Gers place in Thursday’s League Cup semi-final draw.
In other Rangers team news, Chris Sutton has destroyed a midfielder for his display during Friday’s draw against Partick Thistle.