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11th Dec, 2017 | 9:03am

Graeme Murty blown away by maturity of Rangers youngster after Ross County win

Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty has revealed he was blown away by Ross McCrorie’s “maturity” in the weekend win over Ross County after the 19-year-old picked an injury which ended his game early.

The young defender was forced off midway through the second-half of the Ibrox side’s 2-1 win at Ibrox with fellow homegrown talent Jamie Barjonas replacing him.

McCrorie had been the best player on the pitch until his afternoon as brought to a premature end as the Scotland Under-21 international continues to shine after being thrust into the Ibrox first-team.

Murty admitted he was impressed with the way McCrorie handled his injury set-back and believes the defender’s honesty in admitting his game was over showed maturity well beyond his years.

“He is wholehearted, he is very genuine and he was gutted to come over and admit he couldn’t continue,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“That takes a deal of maturity as well from a young man, to be able to come over and say ‘I need to come off because I am harming the team’.

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“His words to me were ‘you are playing with a man down if you leave me on’.

“So fair play to him and I had to take him off.”

McCrorie has made 13 appearances for the Ibrox giants since making his debut in September and has forced his way into becoming a regular feature in the starting XI.

The Gers needed two second-half goals from Alfredo Morelos and Danny Wilson to overcome a stubborn Ross County side who took a ninth-minute lead to silence Ibrox.

The win takes the Light Blues into second place in the Scottish Premiership on goal difference from Aberdeen with leaders Celtic five points ahead.

The Gers are in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Easter Road to face Neil Lennon’s Hibs.

In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton has revealed he wanted to sign this Celtic player while he was in charge at Ibrox.

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