Scotland Under-21 captain Ross McCrorie today spoke of his pride at being the leader of his country.
The Rangers star was captain of the young Scots in both of their Euro 2019 qualifiers against Andorra and Holland respectively. With the youngster anchoring the midfield and leading the way, Scotland picked up maximum points.
The win against the Dutch was eye-catching. Scotland twice had to take the lead before impressively seeing the game off against the talented Holland starlets.
McCrorie was back at Rangers’ Hummell Training Centre today ahead of the match against Dundee on Saturday. Speaking to Rangers TV, however, the youngster couldn’t help but look back on his wonderful achievement.
“It was great for me and a privilege and an honour to be named as the captain of the under-21s. That topped it off, and I was extremely happy with it. We obviously got the results to go with it too, especially in the second game.
“We were looking for the two victories as it keeps us right in among it for qualifying. In Holland, the boys were different class. Holland are a great team, but that’s us beaten them twice now. The Scotland manager is always watching you and there’s a pathway for the boys.”
If McCrorie was overawed by the occasion, he certainly didn’t show it in either game against Andorra and Holland. Instead, he stuck to what he’s been doing at Rangers and put in a commanding, composed shift.
“An honour and a privilege”
Of course, if the youngster is to reach his full potential, breaking back into the Rangers team is essential. With such a quality-stacked midfield on show, it’s difficult to see how McCrorie can break through.
At the moment, the likes of Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Jack look undroppable. Supporters are also excited about the prospect of Lassana Coulibaly returning. Competition, to say the least, is hot in the Rangers engine room.
Time is well on McCrorie’s side, and Gerrard has already featured him in several matches this season. St Mirren at Ibrox was his last outing, where he picked up an unfortunate red card. That’s hardly likely to be held against him, however, and his time will come once more.
For now, the midfield star can be delighted with his international achievements. The towering anchor-man has now captained Scotland at every age level up to under-21s, but is still waiting for that elusive first Scotland cap.
McCrorie used John Souttar as an example of why he could be closing in on it. Alex McLeish has shown a desire to give youth players a chance recently. Across the city, Jack Hendry and Lewis Morgan were both given caps despite the fact McCrorie has been performing the longest for his club.
There’s plenty of reasons for the youngster to stay positive, however. His eyes will be on making Euro 2019 with the under-21s. More immediately, however, he has to be ready in case he’s thrown into the Rangers side at any moment.