Ross McCrorie’s stats this season make for grim reading, and therefore Rangers should allow him to go out on loan in January.

Whilst the midfielder has made 11 appearances in total this season, just four have been from the starting line-up. Added to that, McCrorie has only appeared in one of Rangers’ last seven matches.

Against St Mirren, Kilmarnock, and Aberdeen over the last week, McCrorie hasn’t been in any of those match-day squads. That’s a bitter blow for the youngster, who remains a highly-rated prospect at Ibrox.

Ross McCrorie made 25 appearances last season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Therefore, it’s clear that McCrorie’s development has stalled this season. Whilst that’s clearly understandable, Gerrard has to go about finding a loan deal for the youngster in the new year.

It’s been proven that here is plenty of talent in young McCrorie. He didn’t make 25 appearances last season because he was a poor player. There’s big talent in there, and allowing it to just sit and stall on the bench isn’t the best way forward.

Little chance to make an impression

Gerrard hasn’t made a wrong decision with McCrorie. The form of Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Kent, Lassana Coulibaly, and Scott Arfield this season has been difficult to ignore. Chances for the midfielder have naturally dried up. But it’s time Rangers did the best thing for McCrorie’s benefit in January and loaned him out.

The club are looking to sign four new players in the mid-season transfer window. At least two of those targets are apparently midfielders. This is only going to be even more detrimental to McCrorie’s first-team chances.

Greg Docherty is making a huge impact at Shrewsbury Town (James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

All he has to do is have a look at his fellow young Rangers midfielder to see how beneficial a loan spell can be. Greg Docherty has been earning rave reviews all season for his consistency at Shrewsbury Town. He seems to be thriving with his new-found responsibility, and his game is improving because of it.

Playing in the reserves is all well and good, but it’s clear that McCrorie would be much better served following in Docherty’s footsteps.

He needs to keep himself in Gerrard’s thoughts. The Rangers manager has already praised him this season and is excited by what he can bring to Rangers in the future.

McCrorie, however, has to keep up with Rangers’ evolution. A loan spell would go a long way to doing just that.