Forgotten Rangers midfielder has first 90-minute run-out in a year
By Alex Stevens
Matt Crooks has played his first 90 minutes of football in a year as he aims to get his career back on track.
The forgotten Rangers midfielder joined English League One outfit Scunthorpe on loan in January looking for game time after recovering from an ankle injury.
He had featured intermittently for the promotion chasers in the first weeks of his five-month loan before playing the entirety of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Fleetwood at Glanford Park.
The defeat was a setback for Graham Alexander’s side but they are third in the table after 35 matches, eight points adrift of leaders Sheffield United.
Crooks, 23, made just three appearances for his parent club earlier this season after being hampered by injury following his transfer from Accrington last summer.
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The right-sided midfielder was one of 11 senior players signed by ex-manager Mark Warburton during a major recruitment drive that failed to reap dividends.
Crooks is hoping to play some part for Scunthorpe in their league clash away to Charlton on Tuesday night as they aim to get their promotion bid back on track.
Meanwhile, Rangers are intensifying their search for a new manager while also attempting to bring in a director of football as part of a major management restructure.
Under-20s coach Graeme Murty has overseen the last five matches from the dugout, in which the Ibrox club have secured victories against St Johnstone, Hamilton and Greenock Morton, as well as league defeats to Dundee and Inverness.