Rangers star delivers verdict on loan move, can't wait for first-team action
By Emma Sanders
Matt Crooks is relishing the opportunity to play regular football while on loan at Scunthorpe.
The Rangers midfielder has completed a move to the English League One side until the end of the season after he failed to make a breakthrough under Mark Warburton.
Crooks joined the Gers in the summer but has made just three first team appearances after suffering injury set-backs at the start of the season.
He is looking forward to the possibility of playing regularly in England and hopes it will give him valuable experience upon his return to Rangers.
“I just can’t wait to get started now. There’s nothing like playing games and that’s what I’ve come here to do. It’s been very stop-start at Rangers,” said Crooks, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“I was injured for all of pre-season and the start of the campaign, so I’ve not played much football. That’s what I’ve come here to do, to get some games under my belt again.”
The 22-year-old was considered a bright prospect when he signed in the summer but he has watched his Accrington teammate Josh Windass push on much quicker.
Crooks will hope to make a similarly strong impression on his return after spending time with Scunthorpe, who currently sit in 7th place in League One.
He will link up with former Scotland manager Graham Alexander and will hope to replicate the form he showed while at Accrington when he played regular football in League Two.
Crooks scored eight goals in 35 appearances for Accrington but he is yet to score his first goal for Rangers after finding first team football hard to come by.
In other Rangers news, the club have locked horns with Celtic in an off-field dispute.