Rangers face Dundee at Ibrox this weekend in their final Scottish Premiership fixture before meeting Celtic at Hampden in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup – and Gers boss Graeme Murty must bring defender Ross McCrorie into the starting XI for the clash with Neil McCann’s side on Saturday or risk a Hampden humiliation against Celtic.
McCrorie was an unused substitute in last weekend’s draw with Motherwell as he returns to action from torn ligaments in his foot and the 20-year-old is a must-pick for the Ibrox clash this Saturday in order to build up his match fitness.
The Scotland Under-21 international could slot into a number of positions in Murty’s side to take on Dundee and gives Murty some more options for the visit of the Dens Park strugglers.
After being missing from the side since December, McCrorie simply needs some game-time against Dundee if he is going to have any hope of playing against Celtic at Hampden and whether that means coming in at the expense of Bruno Alves, Russell Martin or Greg Docherty, Murty must take the plunge and bring McCrorie back into the starting XI.
With the Hampden clash representing the Gers last chance to end their seven-year wait for a major trophy – as well as ending Celtic’s hopes of a historic back-to-back treble – then the Gers must make sure they have every tool at their disposal to get one over on their bitter rivals.