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14th Nov, 2017 | 8:03am

Rangers ace opens up on his debt to sacked Ibrox boss Caixinha

By James Black

Rangers ace Ross McCrorie has opened up on the whirlwhind few months that have saw him go from playing Under-20’s football to starring in an Old Firm infront of 50,000 fans.

The 19-year-old was thrust into the Gers first-team in September after injury left Bruno Alves and Danny Wilson on the sidelines.

With Alves and Wilson both missing, McCrorie was given an extended run in side and impressed fans with a series of composed performances.

McCrorie has made eight appearances so far for the Light Blues as he looks to make his mark in the first-team and keep a regular place in the starting XI.

He admits he owes a lot to then-Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha despite the Portuguese boss being sacked last month.

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“That’s football but I’m thankful he gave the chance and I’ll never forget it,” McCrorie said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It was great to hear what he said about me after my debut.

“It gave me extra confidence and a boost.

“I had the Old Firm on the Saturday so for him to say that was great.

“He gave me that building block to build on and hopefully I can push on.

“I’ve not texted him but if I see him again I’ll say thanks to him. I was grateful for what he did.”

McCrorie has since seen himself promoted to the first-team on a permanent basis and has retained his place in the side at the expense of Alves.

The 19-year-old has also made the move up at international level, progressing from Scotland’s Under-19 squad to Scot Gemmill’s Under-21’s.

The young defender enjoyed a loan spell with Dumbarton in the second-half of last season and would almost certainly have made the step-up last season in place of David Bates.

The Gers return to action this weekend when they take on Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.

In other Rangers news, this top-flight winger has given an emphatic response to being asked when he will join the Light Blues.

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