Livingston manager Gary Holt has defended Robby McCrorie after the Rangers loanee made a mistake which gifted away a goal in a 3-1 defeat to Kilmarnock, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.

The Scotland youth international is highly thought of at Ibrox and is currently on his fifth loan spell away from the club as he builds up experience before launching a bid for the no.1 shirt.

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Robby McCrorie is a Scotland U21 international. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

He’s excelled wherever he’s been in the lower leagues of Scottish football but is now being tested in the top flight and he had an afternoon to forget at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday.

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Livi went 1-0 up in the 11th minute through Scott Pittman but Killie turned the game around and McCrorie will be kicking himself for not doing more to prevent the comeback.

The Gers loanee didn’t manage to parry a Chris Burke shot to safety in the 24th minute and Aaron Tshibola was on hand to turn in the rebound and level the scores.

There was little he could have done about the visitors’ second as Burke sent a penalty into the top right corner, but the game was still in the balance when he gifted away a third.

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The 22-year-old looked to slightly misjudge a cross from the right side and opted to pat the ball down rather than try to catch it at the first attempt, with the act allowing Greg Kiltie to nip in and finish into an empty net.

After the game, though, Livi boss, Holt, was quick to assert that McCrorie wasn’t solely to blame for the defeat.

Livingston manager Gary Holt has defended Rangers loanee Robby McCrorie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He’s learning his trade, he’s young and has done well for us at times as well,” he said, as quoted by Not The Old Firm. “He made a mistake. He probably thought he had more time to gather it and pat it down and obviously, he’s been unlucky that Greg followed in and it has gone in. It’s a lonely world being a goalkeeper.”

“Robby has put his hands up and said, ‘look I’ve made a mistake, I cost us the game’ but he never cost us because we were one-nil up and that’s something we need to look at as a group.”

It was a difficult afternoon for the young Rangers prospect but even the best goalkeepers make mistakes from time to time.

He will no doubt be better off for the experience and will be looking to bounce back over the coming weeks.

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