Alan Hutton has backed Ross McCrorie to “show Steven Gerrard what he’s missing” at Aberdeen as he left Rangers last week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers fullback delivered his verdict after the 22-year-old secured a permanent exit from Ibrox.
McCrorie joined Aberdeen on initial one-year loan deal but the Dons have an obligation to buy the mdfielder next summer for £350,000.
He spent last season on loan at League One side Portsmouth where he played 23 games.
Asked by Football Insider whether Rangers could come to regret letting McCrorie leave, Hutton said: “We’ll soon find out with his performances but I totally understand why he’s done it.
“It’s a massive decision for someone so young at 22 to decide to leave such a big club.
“But if you’re having a conversation with a manager and he’s telling you you’re only going to be a bit part player and you’re one for the future, there comes a time in your career where you think ‘I’m not willing to sit about anymore I need to play football’.
“He got a taste of that last season when he went out on loan.
“It seems to me he was desparate to go out and play football matches and it’s great credit to him.
“I totally understand and agree with the reasons why he’s left.
“It’s not to a lower level team. I think Aberdeen are the top ones and are going to be up and about it. They’re trying to build a really young, talented squad and it will be a good move.
“He’ll be the guy wanting to show Gerrard what he’s missing, he’s got that drive and willingness.”
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