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Rangers emerging goalkeeper must be handed first-team chance next season

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Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has consistently been the number one at Ibrox since arriving from Swindon Town in 2015 – but the Gers should give Robby McCrorie a chance next season to prove what he is capable of.

The 19-year-old twin brother of Ross, Robby has spent the season on loan at Berwick Rangers and has been a standout for the Shielfield Park side so far.

With the Gers rotating their goalkeepers in cup games over the last few seasons, McCrorie should be given some first-team games to get experience of playing for the Ibrox giants.

McCrorie’s spell at Berwick will no doubt have done him a world of good as he adapts to the rough and tumble of lower league football after playing in the highly-sanitised environment of youth-level football – but it doesn’t come close to the pressure of playing at Ibrox for the Gers.

The shot-stopper has been voted man of the match eight times so far this season by Berwick fans through the club’s social media channels.

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With twin brother Ross coming into the first-team and making himself an indispensable part of Graeme Murty’s side before he suffered an injury, the prospect of both McCrorie’s in the starting XI for the first-team has been a long-time coming.

The pair have played together through the various age groups at the club’s Auchenhowie training ground and clearly have the quality to perform for the first-team.

After spending 18 months playing second fiddle to Foderingham, current number two Jak Alnwick could quite possibly decide it is time to move on and seek regular game time in the summer which would see the Gers likely rely on McCrorie or Liam Kelly as back up to the Englishman.

Kelly is about to enter the final year of his existing deal at Ibrox but has been stuck in the position of rarely getting on the bench but being too old to regularly feature for the Under-20’s and a move – either on loan or temporary – could be likely.

While Foderingham isn’t going to be replaced as number one yet, if Robby can live up to the bar set by his twin Ross – and the keeper was the more highly-rated of the two coming through the ranks – then it is only a matter of time before he usurps Foderingham so giving him the best preparation to be Ibrox number one should be a no-brainer for the Gers.

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