Jackie McNamara says that Rangers have made a good decision to send promising goalkeeper Robby McCrorie to Livingston on loan.

The former Celtic and Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that Steven Gerrard will want the youngster tested and that a top-flight move will do just that.

Rangers confirmed on Tuesday that the 21-year-old would be spending the rest of the season with their Premiership rivals, cutting short his time at Championship side Queen of the South.

McNamara says that the second-tier side have every right to be disappointed but that it will be a welcome step up in quality for the highly-rated shot-stopper.

McNamara told Football Insider: “They’ll obviously want to play him as high as he can, get him tested in the league that they’ll be in, playing in the first team to see if they’re ready.

“You can understand that. It’s disappointing for Queen of the South but that’s football.” 

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McCrorie was a mainstay for Queen of the South during his time at the Championship side, playing a total of 24 times across all competition, conceding 33 goals and keeping five clean sheets.

He has never played for the first team at Ibrox, making the substitutes’ bench six times so far, although he has seen twin brother Ross, naturally a defensive midfielder, don the gloves in the dying minutes against Hibernian after Allan McGregor’s red card.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have opened talks to sign a starlet from a Championship side chasing promotion this season.