Ross McCrorie looks set to leave Rangers permanently before too long after bids were made for the Scotland under-21 star – and he’ll have every right to feel hard done by after previous comments from Steven Gerrard.
Hibs have been in talks with Rangers over a permanent switch for McCrorie after he spent last season on loan with Portsmouth but it wasn’t too long ago that Gerrard was hailing him as a future Rangers captain.
Since then though, calling McCrorie a Rangers outcast would probably be a better descriptor and it leaves Gerrard’s comments ringing rather hollow.
The manager’s adamant stance that McCrorie isn’t a defender but instead is a midfielder has also made things more difficult for Ross after playing virtually all of his career in defence.
After heading to Portsmouth on loan last season, McCrorie unsurprisingly found himself used in a defensive role regularly and it would be a huge surprise if he didn’t revert back to playing in defence once he leaves Ibrox.
While there may be some debate about whether McCrorie has the ability to earn a regular spot at Ibrox – in defence or midfield – it is hard not to think that Gerrard’s comment added unnecessary pressure onto Ross’ shoulders.
Given Gerrard had complained that McCrorie could have been ‘destroyed‘ by playing defence in an Old Firm game at Hampden, his comments and evident lack of faith in Ross’ ability doesn’t appear to have done him any good either.
If Ross does leave, as looks likely, he should go on to have a fantastic career but there’s always going to be a big case of ‘what if’ when it comes to his Ibrox career.