Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie has admitted that he wants to compete with Scotland international Allan McGregor for the number one spot at Ibrox following his return to the Gers after a six-year absence – and insists he wants to be better than the veteran shot-stopper.
McCrorie is expected to join Championship side Ayr United on a season-long loan, according to the Scottish Sun, with McGregor, Wes Foderingham, Jak Alnwick and Liam Kelly all battling it out to be Steven Gerrard’s number one – but McCrorie is adamant he wants McGregor’s place in the Gers starting XI.
The 20-year-old is currently part of the Scotland Under-21 squad in France for the Toulon Tournament – impressing in the 1-0 win over the hosts – and admits he isn’t fazed by the gulf in age between him and the senior keepers at Ibrox.
“He’s a big-game goalie and you can only applaud what he has done,” McCrorie said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But now that he’s back at Rangers I want to compete with him.
“You could say I now want his place because the reason I’m playing football is to be No.1.
“It doesn’t matter what club you’re at, you want to be playing.
“That’s the mentality you must have, especially at Rangers because you have to be a winner there. Even though the keepers at the club are older than me I want to be just as good as them – in fact, better than them.”
Football Insider verdict:
It is just a matter of when, not if, McCrorie becomes number one at Ibrox and the 20-year-old will be desperate to follow twin brother Ross into the starting XI at Ibrox sooner rather than later. With a number of quality keepers ahead of him though, McCrorie will need to bide his time and wait for his opportunity at Ibrox to impress in the first-team. The reported loan move to Ayr will be a fantastic opportunity for McCrorie to get more games under his belt and continue his development after impressing last term while out on loan at Berwick. At only 20, there’s a huge amount of time ahead of McCrorie to seal the number one jersey at Ibrox and after recently signing a new four-year contract, he clearly has the faith of those at the club that he will fulfil his undoubted potential. McGregor’s age might mean McCrorie doesn’t get the chance to compete directly with the Scotland international for the gloves although getting to work with him daily should help McCrorie continue to improve.