Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch believes Ross McCrorie “brings so much” to Steven Gerrard’s side and hailed the 20-year-old’s performances in midfield.

McCrorie has been in and out of the side this season but looks to have made the holding role his own with a string of top performances.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Lee McCulloch of Rangers during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final football match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on February 01, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Jig also thinks Steven Gerrard’s recent comments about McCrorie being a future captain will give him a “huge boost.

“Ross is a tremendous athlete, he is quick, aggressive and powerful, even though he doesn’t look it,” McCulloch told the Evening Times.

“He will only get better and the words from Steven about him being able to go on and skipper the team will give him a huge boost.

“He doesn’t get a lot of assists by threading through balls, he is not like a Steve Davis or a Barry Ferguson. But he brings so much to the team in a defensive sense and he does a terrific job in the middle of the park.”

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KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ross McCrorie of Rangers is seen in action during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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The Academy graduate has made 22 appearances in the middle of the park this season for Gerrard’s side.

 

His no-nonsense style has won plaudits from fans up and down the country and he should be one of the first names on the team-sheet.

With Scotland Alex McLeish due to name his squad for upcoming games, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see McCrorie involved.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 13: Ross McCrorie of Rangers and Veton Berisha of Rapid during the UEFA Europa League match between SK Rapid Wien v Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

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He continues to grow into a quality player and is showing exactly why Pedro Caixinha unrestrained in his praise for McCrorie.

Gerrard’s side face a string of difficult games in coming weeks – hopefully, McCrorie keeps his place in the side and continues to shine.