Gerrard must help Rangers 20-year-old decide where his future lies
Rangers star Ross McCrorie was surprisingly dropped to the bench in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock before coming on as a half-time substitute for Jason Cummings – and incoming Gers boss Steven Gerrard needs to help the 20-year-old decide if his future lies as a defender or a midfielder.
McCrorie played the second-half in central midfield and put in an impressive performance as the Light Blues picked up three points against Steve Clarke’s side for the first time this season.
The Scotland Under-21 international has been a constant feature in central defence recently but the returning David Bates was preferred to him in the win over Killie, although Bates’ impending departure to join Hamburg could open a space up for McCrorie to slot back into defence.
If McCrorie decides he wants to play in midfield in the future then he’ll have no better mentor to learn from than one of the most celebrated players of his generation in that position.
McCrorie would almost certainly face much tougher competition for a place in the starting XI if he opts for a move into midfield with Jordan Rossiter and Ryan Jack both directly up against him.
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At only 20, McCrorie has a long career ahead of him but it he really needs to stick to one position and concentrate his efforts on mastering that rather than moving between the centre of defence and moving further forward.
When Gerrard arrives on June 1st, sitting down with McCrorie and plotting out exactly where he sees the 20-year-old in his plans should be one if his first priorities.