By Wayne Veysey
Rangers are weighing up sending Ross McCrorie out on loan next season to smoothen out the rough edges to his game, Football Insider understands.
The Ibrox academy product, 21, has been hailed as a “future captain” of the club by manager Steven Gerrard as well as a potential star of the Scotland national team.
But he was more of a squad player than regular starter in 2018-19 and the wave of midfield arrivals over the last year means his game time could be limited next season.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that manager Gerrard and his staff are weighing up a 2019/20 loan for the 6ft 3in home-grown star.
They are ready to look for a side who are willing to use McCrorie regularly in the midfield anchorman role which the club’s coaches believe is the one best suited to his talents.
McCrorie made his first-team breakthrough as a centre-back, but was used almost exclusively in deep midfield by Gerrard last season during his 31 appearances, which included 16 starts.
The signings this year of Glen Kamara, who has made a big impression as the defensive midfielder, and Steven Davis has increased competition for places in central midfield, with Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, Andy Halliday, Graham Dorran and Greg Docherty also set to scrap for places in that position.
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