Rangers star Ross McCrorie has admitted it was a “challenge” mentally dealing with his enforced absence from action after tearing ligaments in his foot during the December clash with Ross County.
McCrorie played the remaining games that month before a scan revealed the extent of his injury and has kept him out of action since.
The 20-year-old has recently returned to training and is available to Graeme Murty for the first time in 2018, with a trip to Hampden to face Celtic rapidly approaching.
McCrorie admitted it was tough to deal with being sidelined as it as been the longest he has been out injured so far in his career.
“The bottom of my foot, I actually tore the ligaments, so when I was playing with it for a month it took a while to heal and it wasn’t helping when I was playing on it,” McCrorie told RangersTV, as quoted by The Herald.
“So when we came back from Florida I got a scan on it and saw what the problem was. It has taken quite a while but it has been great with the physio staff – Steve and Alex – and also the Doc, they have been great with me and managed to get it sorted.
“Mentally it has been a challenge because this is the longest injured I have had. I have never really been injured before, I have always just played through something.”
McCrorie burst into the first-team in September and immediately made himself a key player for the Gers with a string of impressive performances.
The Scotland Under-21 international signed a new contract at Ibrox to keep him at Ibrox until the summer of 2022.
Football Insider verdict:
After spending three months out, it’s easy to see where McCrorie has been frustrated by being sidelined. The 20-year-old has been a big loss for the Gers since the winter break and Gers fans are desperate to see him back in the starting XI sooner rather than later. With the Light Blues struggling defensively in recent weeks, McCrorie could come back into the side this weekend when Graeme Murty’s side take on Dundee in their final Scottish Premiership game before travelling to Hampden to take on Celtic.