Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty has heaped praise on defender Ross McCrorie after his impressive performance in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox last night.
The 19-year-old centre-back was used in the holding midfield role as interim boss Murty made a tactical switch.
The caretaker opted for a midfield diamond with McCrorie operating at the base in front of central defenders Bruno Alves and Danny Wilson.
After the game, the interim boss heaped praise on all of his players but singled out McCrorie for his impressive display.
“In the big games you are looking for the big characters and I didn’t think anyone stood up any bigger than young McCrorie,” said Murty, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“For a man of his tender years to put in that kind of performance in a position he’s not too familiar with was exceptional.”
McCrorie has now made 12 appearances for Gers in all competitions this season and scored his only goal of the campaign so far in the 3-0 win over Partick Thistle earlier this month.
After last night’s convincing performance, Murty insisted his players have now set the standard for the rest of the season.
“It has to be the benchmark, that level of intensity, that grit, that fight and that level of quality,” he said.
Gers are now up to third in the Scottish Premiership table, three points behind Aberdeen, who they face again on Saturday.
James Tavernier scored twice at Ibrox last night, either side of a goal from the returning Carlos Pena in a convincing victory, which ended a run of back-to-back defeats.
In other Rangers news, this is how Gers fans reacted to McCrorie’s performance against the Dons on Twitter.