Rangers

Rangers defender Ross McCrorie has admitted getting fit again in time to face Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final was a “massive” motivation after tearing ligaments in his foot.

The 20-year-old hasn’t played in 2018 but returned to the squad as an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw with Motherwell last weekend.

McCrorie revealed he has “always enjoyed” playing against the Hoops, regardless of age group, and insists the Light Blues are “really looking forward” to facing the Hoops.

“How big a motivation was making it back in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final? A massive one,” McCrorie said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in those games against Celtic – at any age level – and it’s one everyone at the club is really looking forward to.

“It will obviously be difficult but those are the occasions you want to be involved in.”

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McCrorie has made 18 appearances for the Gers after breaking into the first-team in September and wowed fans with his performances after stepping up from the Under-20s.

The Light Blues face Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday before heading to Hampden eight days later as they look to lift their first major trophy in seven years.

Football Insider comment:

Old Firm games are the ones everybody wants to be a part of and for a boyhood Gers fan like McCrorie it is no different. The 20-year-old has been one of the Gers’ best performers this season and having him back for the Scottish Cup semi-final will be a huge boost for Graeme Murty’s side as they look to book their place in the final and lift their first major trophy since 2011. Having watched McCrorie play in Old Firm clashes at a few different levels, the defender gives as much in one at Auchenhowie in front of 100 people as he does in front of 50,000 at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Neil Lennon has revealed he has “major concerns” over potentially facing Rangers three times at Ibrox.

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