Johnstone: I have known this Rangers teen for some time, he is seriously special
By James Black
Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes that special Ross McCrorie is different to other footballers who make their debut at a young age – because he “doesn’t think he has made it.”
McCrorie has been a revelation since making the step up to the first-team in September and Johnstone believes the defender’s maturity is a huge boost for the Gers.
The 19-year-old has made eight appearances for the Gers’ first-team since making his debut and Johnstone – who says he has watched him over the last 18 months – thinks he can go all the way.
I am happy to report that Ross McCrorie is the polar opposite of those who make their debut and then walk about as if they have 100 caps.
“I know this kid and have monitored his progress for some time,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
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“He is absolutely ready to listen to coaches and team-mates, and wants to learn all he can about how to improve himself as a footballer.
“He doesn’t think he has made it. This is good news for Rangers.
“I watched McCrorie several times for the under-20 team and as a centre-half and centre-forward, myself, I could see he had something about him.
“Even then, I felt he had a real chance.”
McCrorie came into the side after an injury to Bruno Alves forced the Portugal defender to miss several games.
After impressing, McCrorie kept his place in the first-team squad before returning to the side after Fabio Cardoso was ruled out after having his nose broken.
In the Gers last two games, McCrorie has partnered Danny Wilson in the heart of Rangers’ defence as Graeme Murty has taken interim control of the side.