By James Black
Scotland Under-21 boss Scot Gemmill has admitted Ross McCrorie’s performances for Rangers haven’t surprised him after the 19-year-old was thrust into the Gers’ first-team in September.
McCrorie was thrown into the senior side after Danny Wilson and Bruno Alves were ruled out through injury and the former youth captain has grabbed his opportunity with both hands.
The defender has impressed since making the leap into the first-team and retained his place in the starting XI against Partick Thistle before the international break despite Alves being available.
Gemmill admits that McCrorie’s cool head has always been evident and hailed the youngster for taking his opportunity with the Gers.
“I’m lucky that I’ve worked with Ross from the younger age groups,” Gemmill said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“That [his level-headedness] has always been apparent in his game when you speak to anyone who has worked with him at clubs or at the national youth teams.
“There has never been a question in that regard, but the question has always been will he get an opportunity?
“He’s playing for such a big club and he’s managed to do that, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”
The 19-year-old has made eight appearances for the Gers so far and could make his first start for Scotland Under-21’s 2019 European Championship Qualifier against Ukraine at McDiarmid Park on Tuesday night after John Souttar returned to Hearts suffering from concussion.
McCrorie could retain his place in the Gers starting XI whe they return to domestic action on Saturday against Hamilton at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers should have Fabio Cardoso available against Hamilton as the Light Blues look to close the six-point gap to league leaders Celtic.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury