Stand-in Rangers captain James Tavernier has heaped praise on Ross McCrorie after the 20-year-old’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen on Tuesday night – and thinks the defender “done a great job” in central midfield for Jimmy Nicholl’s side.
McCrorie started in a holding midfield role for the first time since last year and impressed before grabbing an equaliser for the Light Blues when he headed beyond Dons’ keeper Joe Lewis midway through the second-half.
Tavernier thinks the Scotland Under-21 international has “developed really well” since his introduction into the first-team in September and admitted he was “really happy” for him to get on the scoresheet against Derek McInnes’ side.
“He has developed really well into the team. He has been asked a lot to do a job in the centre of midfield and I feel he has done a great job for the team,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He is always trying to get on the ball, always fighting for the lads in the middle. It was a 50-50 ball in the box and he is fighting for the boys again and got the goal. I am really happy for him.”
Football Insider verdict:
Ross McCrorie’s emergence as a key first-team player for the Gers this season has been one of the few positives for the Rangers fans over the last 12 months. After getting to watch McCrorie regularly for the Under-20s last season it was always clear he was going to do well when he made the step up to the first-team it was just a matter of when he would earn a chance in the senior squad. Despite being the most inexperienced member of the first-team, McCrorie leads by example for his more well-travelled team-mates and puts some of them to shame with the way he handles himself in games. The 20-year-old is going to be a massive player under Steven Gerrard and although it is just wishful thinking, it would be fantastic to watch McCrorie’s career path take a similar trajectory as Barry Ferguson’s did after the appointment of Dick Advocaat 20 years ago.