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21st Sep, 2017 | 5:50am

Chris Sutton raves about Rangers teenager

By James Black

Former Chris Sutton has praised Ross McCrorie’s performance in his Rangers debut in the late extra-time win at Partick Thistle but admitted Bruno Alves’ injury will be a worry.

The 19-year-old defender came off the bench midway through the second half to replace Alves and impressed fans with a composed performance against Thistle’s forwards.

Rangers host Celtic on Saturday lunchtime in the first Old Firm clash of the season as Pedro Caixinha’s side try and close the gap on league leaders Celtic to two points.

McCrorie could now be in line for an Old Firm start with Lee Wallace injured and Alves and Declan John also potentially out.

Sutton was impressed with McCrorie’s senior bow but believes Alves will be a big miss for the Gers.

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“He did really well.” Sutton said in a video posted to BT Sport’s Twitter account.

“He came on and he stepped up.

“Alves will, of course, be a worry in such a big, vital game for them.

“His big game experience will be a loss.

“They’ve got problems but at the minute it’s just about grinding out results for Rangers, they’ll need a big performance.”

Captain Lee Wallace is definitely out and with John and Alves both limping off during Wednesday night’s win, Rangers could go into the Glasgow derby with a very inexperienced defence.

Defender McCrorie has been a stand-out for Graeme Murty’s Under-20 squad and has enjoyed loan spells with Dumbarton and Ayr United over the last 18 months.

Caixinha hasn’t been shy to promote youngsters when needed with Jamie Barjonas, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley and David Bates all making the step up last season.

The 19-year-old’s twin Robby is also on the Light Blues’ books with the young goalkeeper currently on loan with League Two Berwick.

Both are highly regarded by the Rangers coaching staff and could be features in the Rangers backline for years to come.

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