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9th Dec, 2017 | 1:12pm

Kevin Thomson raves about 'exceptional' Rangers star, compares him to Celtic player

Former Rangers player Kevin Thomson has compared Ibrox flavour of the month Ross McCrorie with Celtic captain Scott Brown after his performances for the Gers against Aberdeen.

McCrorie started both games as the deep-lying midfielder in Rangers’ midfielder diamond and put in two imperious performances against the Dons to help the Light Blues to back-to-back wins against the Pittodrie side.

The 19-year-old star has been a revelation since breaking into the first-team in September and has forced his way into becoming a regular feature in the Gers starting XI.

Thomson believes McCrorie’s performances against the Dons were “exceptional” and believes he could be capable of filling Scott Brown’s boots for Scotland when the Celtic captain

“Young Ross McCrorie was exceptional (against Aberdeen).” Thomson said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

“He’s a really good asset to have for club and country – he could potentially be that centre-half who can also play in the middle of the pitch as an extra midfielder.

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“Apart from Scott Brown, Scotland does not have a defensive midfielder that has that nasty streak and likes to put their foot in and plays behind he ball.

“The next step for any manager coming in is to get that sort of performance 
consistently.”

Thomson was one of Walter Smith’s first signings after returning to the club in 2010 following Paul le Guen’s disastrous reign as manager.

The former Hibs star made over 100 appearances for the Gers in three-and-a-half years at Ibrox.

Thomson lifted two Scottish titles, two Scottish League Cups and a Scottish Cup before leaving the Gers and signing for Middlesbrough in 2010.

Since hanging up his boots, Thomson has began a coaching career – in addition to punditry – and was interviewed by Rangers earlier this year for a role in Pedro Caixinha’s coaching staff but was beaten by former Gers striker Jonatan Johansson to the post.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has had Neil Lennon in stitches with his latest rant about the Gers’ manager search.

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