Rangers had a number of standout performers during yesterday’s Old Firm win.

Ryan Jack, Ryan Kent, Scott Arfield and Joe Worrall were all fantastic. They received a lot of plaudits in the aftermath of the game, and rightly so.

Ryan Jack’s 30th minute goal sparked wild celebrations at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, one Ger who played an equally crucial role, seems to have slipped under the radar.

Ross McCrorie was fantastic on the day. In fact, his performances have been at a consistently high level since his return to the side a number of weeks ago. 

He’s not necessarily a glamour player, but he certainly does his job well.

In a deep-lying midfield role against free-scoring Celtic, it was imperative he provided constant protection to the Rangers back four.

It’s a role the Scotland U21 international has made his own since impressing against Rapid Vienna. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Throughout the 90 minutes, he did just that.

Anticipating play and sweeping up loose balls, the 20-year-old was everywhere.

 

There was minimum fuss too. If there was ever a hint of danger, he went in full steam ahead and despatched the ball into the crowd.

He and Ryan Jack were so effective in the middle of the park, that the visitors barely got a sniff, especially in the first half.

This was an efficient, accomplished performance from a home-grown talent.

Pure joy, McCrorie celebrated with Scott Arfield after the final whistle. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

In September last year, McCrorie really struggled at the back, in a 2-0 home defeat to the Hoops.

However, he has come on leaps and bounds since then, and now looks at home in midfield.

While Kent, Arfield and co ran Celtic ragged, a mature 20-year-old expertly patrolled the centre circle, laying the foundation for a precious Old Firm clean sheet.

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