Steven Gerrard drew a lot of pre-match praise from Rangers fans for his experimental team selection against Dundee. In a clear reaction to the substandard showing against Aberdeen, he named six changes to his side.

However, no matter how poor the previous performance, such a thorough shake-up is always a risk.

Lassana Coulibaly missed out after a poor showing against Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Inevitably, partnerships are broken up and undercooked players exposed. Clearly, it was a gamble that didn’t pay off this time around.

Yet, even amongst all the changes, there was no room for youth academy graduate, Ross McCrorie.

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So far in his short Gers career, the 20-year-old has featured in both central defence and midfield. However, on Sunday, despite Gerrard making one change at centre-back and two in the middle of the park, there was still no place for McCrorie.

McCrorie challenges for the ball in an U21 international against England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old featured 21 times and notched two goals in the league last season, but has been limited to just four appearances this time round.

Although injury hampered him initially, he featured off the bench against Hearts earlier this month. If Ryan Kent could return to the starting line-up immediately after a six-week absence, then McCrorie was definitely fit enough to be considered at the weekend.

Yet, Jordan Rossiter, regularly left out of squads this season, even when fit, seemingly leapfrogged McCrorie into the starting XI.

Gerrard excluded fit-again Rossiter from match day squads, but he still got the nod ahead of McCrorie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Does this suggest a lack of faith in McCrorie?

It certainly can’t have done the youngsters confidence any good. On a day when Gerrard handed opportunities to many, he didn’t even get a look in off the bench.

The player looks stuck in limbo. Even when multiple players are out of form in midfield, he can’t get a go. There are also four out-and-out centre-halves ahead of him at the back.

Time will tell as to whether or not this trend continues, but Gerrard isn’t sending great signals to a major homegrown talent.

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