Ross McCrorie has spoken to the Scottish Herald about his Rangers ambitions for next season.
The 21-year-old excelled under Steven Gerrard over the first half of the last campaign.
He turned out regularly in a deep-lying midfield role, showing his worth to the squad. He was something of an unsung hero in the December Old Firm win, providing excellent cover for the Gers defence.
However, following the winter break, his opportunities were considerably more limited. After Glen Kamara made his debut against St Johnstone in February, McCrorie only started one further league match, as he fell behind the Finland international in the pecking order.
“I felt last season that I was established and I want to kick on now,” McCrorie told the Scottish Herald. “Instead of being in and out, I want to be playing week in week out.”
“Every season it is about developing as a player, getting better and reaching the best level that I can. I feel this season is a big one for me, I want to be playing more or less every week. No player can play every game but I want to be one of the main players this season.
“That is my goal and I would like to think I can do that. It is frustrating when you are in and out, I don’t want to be a bit-part player. I want to be a main player, playing week in week out and playing plenty of games. It is up to me to make that happen.”
McCrorie is sending a clear message to his manager here. He won’t be happy with sitting about on the sidelines.
It’s commendable that at his age, he believes he should be a key player and his ability is unquestionable.
However, he has a major issue on his hands. By the end of last season, a midfield three of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, and Glen Kamara had more or less entrenched themselves in the side. Kamara is the Academy graduate’s direct competition and based on what we’ve seen so far, he’s going to be extremely hard to shift.
It’s crucial for Ross’ development that he plays regularly. Yet, right now, it’s hard to see how a weekly spot will come to fruition next season.