Sky Sports pundit Kris Common has boldly claimed that Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie reminds him of Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Graeme Murty decided to start McCrorie, 19, in the holding midfield position in the two games against Aberdeen last week and did so with resounding success as the enforcer stood out in two huge wins.
The Scotland Under-21 international has risen to fame at Ibrox this season after being called upon from the development side in the wake of injuries to Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso.
And although he had quite a hard act to follow, Rangers ace McCrorie has passed every test with just a couple of mistakes along the way.
Former Celtic player Commons has now claimed that the Ibrox youngster reminds of Parkhead senior player Brown in the way he has a mean streak about him.
“They look a different unit with Ross McCrorie in that holding midfield role. He’s athletic, strong, and good in the tackle,” said Commons on the Daily Mail website.
“He likes being involved in the naughty side of the game. He reminds me of Scott Brown because he’s got that nasty bit to his game but he’s got good composure. He’s 19 but plays that position like a 25-year-old.”
McCrorie only made his debut for Rangers in September when he came off the bench at Partick in the League Cup for an injured Alves.
He was then thrown straight into the deep-end just days later when he made his first ever start in the Old Firm clash with Celtic at Ibrox.
The centre-back was arguably Rangers’ best player as they fell to a 2-0 defeat, doing a decent job of subduing Leigh Griffiths.