Saturday’s drab 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock saw few Rangers players come out with much praise – but Ross McCrorie showed why he’s vital to Steven Gerrard’s side.

The midfielder put in a really mature display sitting in front of the back four and snuffed out much of Killie’s attacking play.

He was comfortably Rangers’ best player at Rugby Park as they were held by Steve Clarke’s side.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 13: Christoph Knasmuellner of Rapid challenges Ross McCrorie of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between Rapid Wien and Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

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Despite being in and out of the team so far this season, McCrorie rarely puts in a poor showing.

He was one of a few players who could’ve won man of the match against Celtic in December and has followed that up with a string of fine showings.

With Scotland boss Alex McLeish set to name his squad next week for the matches against Kazakhstan and San Marino, McCrorie would deserve a place on recent form.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 16: Joshua Onomah of England is challenged by Ross McCrorie of Scotland during the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier between Scotland U21 and England U21 at Tynecastle Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Since moving into a midfield role, Ross has really stepped up his game and is thriving as part of the first-team at Ibrox.

 

Rangers are still unbeaten domestically when McCrorie has featured this season and it’s a stat he’ll hope to extend until the end of the campaign.

The competition for a starting place is fierce at Ibrox but there’s little argument for taking McCrorie out the side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Ross McCrorie and Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The way he hassles and harries opposition attackers and uses his strength to ease them off the ball is fantastic to watch.

Rangers actually look more solid defensively when McCrorie is sat in front.

With the season nearing its climax, McCrorie has shown why he deserves to be one of the first names on the teamsheet.