You tend to forget that Rangers Academy graduate and now first-teamer Ross McCrorie is only 20 years old.
That’s young. And McCrorie feels a little older. He plays like he’s a little older.
In the last few weeks McCrorie has also somewhat reinvented himself. If anything, it’s testament to the youngsters incredible versatility. He can play at centre back, CDM and, as he proved against Hibs and then Celtic, in central midfield.
These were mature performances. And if he’s only 20 now, what will he be like in three years time?
Rangers Assistant Manager Gary McAllister is hopeful we’ll see a lot more from Ross.
“The facts are that any moment a Celtic player thought he had time to get his head up and hit a pass… they never got it and that was purely down to Ross,” explained Gary Mac to Rangers TV.
“He simply didn’t let the Celtic players breathe and in the previous games to the Celtic game I thought he was outstanding in them as well.
“He’ll get better in possession of the football and that’s something he’s very keen on working hard at.
“You have got to remember he is still ever is so young and he’s played quite a few games now, but there is still much more to come from Ross.”
How good can McCrorie get?
It’s high praise indeed from McAllister. Being physical and biting into challenges is what McCrorie’s game is all about. He’s strong, brave and reads the game supremely well.
He also showed resilience to come back from being out of the side. After Ejaria went back to Liverpool he was somewhat thrown back in. But the youngster coped very well. So well he’s reportedly attracted interest from Swansea in the window.
Also the Scotland U21 captain, McCrorie is clearly well thought of in Scottish football.
And by the looks and sounds of things, he’s only going to get better. He is one of the strongest young talents at the club.