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14th Apr, 2018 | 9:04pm

Returning Rangers star has huge role to play in Old Firm clash


Rangers defender Ross McCrorie is expected to start Sunday’s Scottish Cup Old Firm semi-final at Hampden – and the 20-year-old is going to be a huge player for the Light Blues against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Hoops will be looking to go ten games unbeaten against Rangers for the first time in their history with a win at Hampden but the expected inclusion of McCrorie ahead of Bruno Alves will give the Light Blues a stronger, quicker defence.

If the Light Blues had to go into the game with Bruno Alves and Russell Martin in central defence there is a real risk that the veteran duo are ran ragged by the Hoops attack as they struggle to keep up with their pace.

McCrorie at least brings a good turn of pace to the Gers’ central defence while also adding someone who isn’t afraid to get involved in a physical battle with opposition forwards.

After missing the first three months of 2018 through injury, having McCrorie back available has come at the perfect time for Murty’s side as they face a string of absolutely vital games, starting with the semi-final against Celtic.

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The 20-year-old won’t be able to do it all himself but having him in the side ahead of Alves offers the Gers a much better chance of booking their place in next month’s final against Motherwell.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.

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