Former Rangers player Ross McCrorie has helped Aberdeen to progress to the third round of UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying after recently switching back to centre-back.

McCrorie came through the youth system at Rangers before making 55 appearances for the first team.

He was the poster boy for the Academy during his time at Ibrox and amid transfer interest in him in 2019, Steven Gerrard said he was ‘going nowhere‘ and labelled him a potential ‘future captain’

However, the signing of several high-quality midfielders and a lack of consistency in terms of his playing position whilst out on loan hampered his progress.

His slide down the pecking order was dramatic and last summer, he was sent out on loan to Aberdeen, who had an obligation to buy at a later date for £350,000 [Daily Record].

McCrorie left Rangers after falling down the midfield pecking order. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

The permanent transfer was due to go through this summer, but it was actually finalised in January as part of the deal that saw Scott Wright go the other way.

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McCrorie spent the majority of last season in midfield, but it’s clear that new manager Stephen Glass, who was appointed in March, sees him as a defender.

The former Ger made his final few appearances of last season at right-back and has been given the no.2 shirt for the 2021/22 campaign.

However, he was actually deployed at centre-back – his main position when he broke into the Rangers first-team – for Aberdeen’s Europa Conference League second qualifying round tie against BK Häcken.

The 23-year-old played the full 180 minutes as the Don’s triumphed 5-3 on aggregate over the Swedish side, notching an assist in the first leg at Pittodrie.

McCrorie and co will now face Icelandic side Breidablik as they continue their quest to reach the tournament proper.

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McCrorie is now at Aberdeen and back playing as a defender. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard hasn’t got too much wrong since he arrived at Ibrox, particularly in recent times.

Yet, the case of Ross McCrorie is very much an exception.

Gerrard saw him as a future Rangers captain whose best position was in midfield but he’s now long gone from Govan and is operating at the heart of Aberdeen’s defence.

Meanwhile, a young striker who was released by Rangers in 2020 says he knows he’s good enough to be at Ibrox and is eyeing a return in the future.

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