Gilks tells emerging Rangers star: Let loose and eat chocolate to improve
By Alex Taylor
New Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks believes youngster Robby McCrorie needs to let loose after finding the young shot stopper to be very quiet since emerging into the first team.
Youth goalkeepers Liam Kelly, 20, and Robby McCrorie, 18, have been a part of the squad during their pre-season tour and have been able to train with the first-team players.
Gilks is currently battling for the number one jersey at Ibrox but has not been shy in telling younger players what they need to do to succeed.
The experienced keeper told the Rangers website: “Robby is either going to come out of this trip a more rounded individual or scarred, I can’t decide which!
“I knew it was tactical to put us together because he is a quiet lad and I think coming into a first team environment now for his first experience means he is going to be naturally quiet.
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“He does need to let loose every now and again, he can have a chocolate bar rather than a bag of nuts! But he is very dedicated and it is quite refreshing to see a young lad who sticks to his guns and continues his professionalism.”
“We have chats in the room and me being me we have a giggle but what happens in the room stays in the room.”
The 34-year-old has promised to do everything he can to gain a starting place after a quiet spell at his former club and that clearly includes helping the youngsters to develop too.
Gilks spent two years with Burnley, but made just two appearances for the club who were promoted into the Premier League last season.
After starting his career at Rochdale he went on to enjoy a successful six-year spell at Blackpool, in which time he won promotion to the Premier League in the 2009-10 season.
In other Rangers news, two senior players have rejected new low paid deals.