Rangers technical director Mark Allen has been speaking to RangersTV about the ins, outs and loan transfers of this window.

In the comments made to the club’s media channel, Allen especially opened up about the decision to send Ross McCrorie on loan to Portsmouth.

Following the success of the loan spell of Greg Docherty last season, his comments suggest Rangers are developing a strategy when it comes to helping their young talent with the next step.

“Ross (McCrorie) is someone we see with a bright future at Rangers and similarly to Greg Docherty last year, I think we’ve seen the merits of Greg going out and playing regularly,” said Allen.

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“Maybe 40 or 50 games of football which is what Ross needs to add to his armoury now as well.

“Greg has come back a different player to the one that left us having played so much football and we’re hoping the same applies for Ross but we see Ross as a big part of the future.”



The idea of sending players in their early 20s out on these tough loan spells to get games is by no means a new one.

But the striking similarity to both McCrorie’s and Docherty’s position suggest Rangers have a plan to make the most of their development.

Should McCrorie’s loan spell prove a success, it’s further evidence that English League One can act as a competitive breeding ground to develop our best young talent.

And with an Academy which continues to impress at home and abroad, we might see a lot more Rangers players go there in the future.

Greg Docherty had a hugely successful loan spell at Shrewsbury, picking up a host of club awards. (Photo by Alan Hayward/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ross McCrorie joined Portsmouth to much fanfare, with Steven Gerrard dispelling initial reports that the deal included an option-to-buy clause [the Herald].

As Allen reiterates here, the club seem him as a major part of Rangers’ future.

Let’s hope he has a strong loan spell down on the English south coast.


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