'Since day one of pre-season' - McAllister drops exciting verdict on Ger set for big opportunity
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Rangers assistant McAllister drops exciting verdict on Ger set for major opportunity

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has dropped an exciting verdict on a player set for a major opportunity vs Alashkert [RangersTV].

With neither Allan McGregor nor Jon McLaughlin travelling to Yerevan amid the Covid outbreak at the club, McCrorie is set to start in goal against the Armenian champions.

Rangers assistant McAllister thinks McCrorie is ready as a big opportunity awaits. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It will be a competitive debut for the 23-year-old, who has played in multiple friendlies but has waited a long time for an opportunity to show what he can do in a game of importance.

The Alashkert clash is certainly that and just like many supporters, McAllister is backing the Academy graduate to shine.

“I’ve been impressed since day one of pre-season,” he said [RangersTV]. “He’s a young man who is a towering guy but was very quiet but I think since we came back for pre-season, I’ve seen a different Robby.”

“That’s obviously been enhanced by the fact that he went out last season and played on loan at Livingston, so he gained some invaluable experience in the Premier League in Scotland.

“He’s become more confident in and around the first-team players, more chatty. He’s first in in the morning and he’s a keeper but he works like the keepers I played with, he’s a real workhorse…he’s somebody who’s coming out of his shell and maybe for the first time thinking ‘I belong here’.

McAllister praises McCrorie as debut beckons

These are encouraging comments from McAllister, which suggest McCrorie won’t be afraid to bark out orders to the back four in Yerevan.

The 23-year-old has built up over 80 senior games worth of experience across loans at Berwick Rangers, Morton, Queen of the South and Livingston and although the pressure of a European qualifier is a big step up, he’s not totally unprepared.

What’s more, Allan McGregor had very little to do in the first leg at Ibrox and there’s a chance that if the Gers play well, McCrorie will be little more than a spectator.

Here’s our Predicted XI for the match in full.

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