How did off-form Celtic player get Scotland nod ahead of Rangers man?
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Does Ross McCrorie merit a Scotland place over Jack Hendry?

Alex McLeish has been heavily criticised in this international break for his squad selection, particularly for his inclusion of one player in particular. Jack Hendry.

Although he wasn’t in the main squad originally, McLeish called up Hendry after Aberdeen’s Michael Devlin pulled out. There’s no shying away from the fact Hendry has been murder at Celtic Park.

That’s lead to complaints about his inclusion in the National team.

Whilst the debate continues, is there a young man at Ibrox who merits an international chance more than the Celtic stopper?


Only a matter of time for Ross McCrorie

Whilst he’s by absolutely no means the finished article, there’s real hope for Ross McCrorie.

A talented defender come defensive midfielder, he reads the game well and looks very capable on his day. At times he seems to rush things and gets caught out too easily. He’s also a real card risk almost every game.

Scotland U21 captain McCrorie has made 10 appearances for Rangers this season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But he can show up and his most recent performances in a Rangers shirt have been very encouraging. He looks calmer, tidier and decent choice for Steven Gerrard.

That doesn’t mean he’s a decent choice for Alex Mcleish. Yet.

McCrorie is the Scotland U21 captain and progressing well but this is too big a step at the moment. He is obviously a key figure in the dressing room for the young Scots and perhaps the country would be better served keeping him there for now.

He wouldn’t be in the discussion without the backdrop of injuries.

Jack Hendry on the other hand has been consistently terrible for Celtic. Terribly terrible at times. He looks like a giraffe on ice and has really struggled since moving to Parkhead from Dundee.

Jack Hendry has really struggled in the 15 appearances he’s made for Celtic this season. (Photo by Andy BUCHANAN / AFP)

Many people believe he shouldn’t be anywhere near the senior side. Then again, it’s hard to argue McCrorie should be either.

At 23 Hendry is also three years McCrorie’s senior.

And while Ross might not be ready for the full squad yet, it really is only a matter of time before he plays a bigger role for both Rangers and Scotland.

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