Rangers have yet to lose domestically when Ross McCrorie has played this season.
The combative defensive midfielder might have only played seventeen matches on home soil this season, but he’s proved his value in them.
That includes 13 wins and four draws. Of the four draws, McCrorie has started three of them.
Stopping short of putting our stumbling form down to the midfielder’s exclusion, it’s a pretty revealing stat.
McCrorie gives Rangers an extra bite in midfield and he is sensible in his recycling of the ball. But in matches where we’ve dropped points – namely twice against Hibs and once v St. Johnstone – he has still proven ineffective.
But at least we’ve not lost the game. And McCrorie isn’t a matchwinner, although he does serve a strong purpose.
Against Celtic for example, McCrorie was the beating heart of the side. Chasing down the ball and crashing into challenges, his physicality and eagerness was as valuable as anyone else’s contribution on the pitch.
McCrorie also started the only time we beat Aberdeen this season, in the 4-2 win at Pittodrie.
It shows just how valuable the Scotland U21 captain’s contribution can be, particularly in big games. In recent weeks, the form of Glen Kamara has kept Ross out of the side.
But is it time the player was recalled to the starting XI? Perhaps at the expense of the stuttering Ryan Jack?