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7th Apr, 2018 | 12:56pm

Rangers ace McCrorie admits he has been inspired by Celtic player

Rangers defender Ross McCrorie has admitted he wants to follow Celtic’s Jack Hendry into the Scotland side after recovering from torn ligaments in his foot.

The Gers ace has been out of action since the end of 2017 but could return to the Gers side when they face Dundee on Saturday afternoon.

The 20-year-old has made himself a key part of Graeme Murty’s squad since making the breakthrough earlier this season and hopes to follow Celtic defender Hendry into Alex McLeish’s national team.

“I’ve definitely taken a bit of inspiration from Jack and Scott (McKenna)’s Scotland call-ups,” McCrorie said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“These boys are a couple of years older than me, but that is the aim for me eventually.

“My target is to get in that ‘A’ squad but first and foremost I need to get back in the Rangers team.

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“Hopefully I play well that next stage of my career will happen.

“It does give me confidence that the national team manager is looking at young players. He knows he needs to look at the next generation after the disappointing campaign last time.

“I definitely feel ready for international football. You can’t say you’re not ready.”

McCrorie’s emergence at Ibrox this season has been one of the few positives for Gers this season and the 20-year-old could very well have been in McLeish’s squad for the recent friendlies with Hungary and Costa Rica had he not been injured.

The Gers ace has made 18 appearances for the Light Blues this season after making his debut against Partick Thistle in September.

Football Insider verdict:

McCrorie will likely find himself in the Scotland squad sooner rather than later after his performances for the Gers. The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Light Blues and will be a big player for club and country over the coming years. With McLeish not being shy about bringing young players into his squad then McCrorie will almost certainly be near the top of his list to follow the likes of Hendry and McKenna into the international reckoning. McCrorie is no stranger to the international scene after playing for Scotland through the youth ranks.

In other Rangers news, Celtic are in the running to sign this former Light Blues player in a shock summer transfer.

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