Rangers confirmed a new contract for veteran keeper Allan McGregor this afternoon, tying the shotstopper to the Gers until the end of next season – and it immediately raised question marks over Robby McCrorie’s immediate future at Ibrox.
McGregor has been in stunning form this season as he helped Steven Gerrard’s side secure 55 before the clocks had changed and recorded a phenomenal number of clean sheets on the way to the title.
With McGregor, Jon McLaughlin and Andy Firth ahead of him this season, McCrorie was sent back to Livingston on loan for the season in a bid to get regular game-time under his belt and further his development.
His form for the West Lothian side at the start of the campaign earned McCrorie a call into the senior Scotland squad for the first time, but it hasn’t all gone to plan for him at the Tony Macaroni.
McCrorie was sidelined for a spell as Livi went on an outstanding run of wins under David Martindale and found himself watching on as Max Stryek impressed.
The keeper has been in and out of the side since then, but has started three of the last four league games for Livi – the other being against Rangers – and made a surprise return to the side in the League Cup defeat by St. Johnstone in February.
After turning 23 last month, McCrorie is at the stage of his career where he needs regular minutes is he is to challenge for the number one jersey at Ibrox in the future.
Andy Firth’s likely departure this summer will likely see the Gers looking for someone to act as third-choice but a year spent kicking his heels watching Allan McGregor play on a Saturday and Wednesday won’t do much to help him improve.
While McGregor may well opt to call it quits at the end of next season and open up the door for McCrorie to push for the jersey, what happens with him over the next 12 months is going to be crucial to his long-term development.
Meanwhile, one Rangers star was surprisingly dropped as his national team suffered defeat in their latest World Cup qualifier