Rangers talent Robby McCrorie signed a new deal which will tie him to the club until 2023 following a successful loan spell at Scottish Premiership Livingston.

The talented goalkeeper has impressed everywhere he’s been on loan and upon signing the new deal the Ibrox club made it clear they want him to gain more experience.

“Robby has progressed season-by-season as he has risen through the ranks of our Academy into the first-team setup,” said goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart [Rangers].

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“He has enjoyed several successful loan spells which have played a key role in his development.

“Each loan spell has allowed him to develop his physical and mental strength as he has faced every challenge set before him with determination and hard work.

“He has a very bright future and will continue to develop into a top-quality ‘keeper.

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“We are working on the next stage in Robby’s development plan now that his contract has been extended.

 

“It is our strong desire that he continues to experience top-level games in the incoming season.”

This is something Rangers can undoubtedly learn from cross-city rivals Celtic who’ve used the Scottish Premiership to develop players to their advantage successfully in recent seasons.

The likes of Ryan Christie and Kristoffer Ajer excelled at Aberdeen and Kilmarnock respectively and have now established themselves as first-team regulars at the Parkhead club.

Celtic talent Ryan Christie is now a regular at Parkhead and for Scotland following a successful two-season loan spell with Aberdeen. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

More than that, they are amongst our Old Firm rival’s most influential players and that experience in the top tier of Scottish football has proved an invaluable learning curve in not just staking a claim for the first team, but influencing it.

By farming our youngest talent out on loan somewhere closer to home they can get that much-needed experience at a level where Rangers need their players to consistently compete.

Greg Docherty showed his ability during a brief stint with Hibs last season, whilst Glenn Middleton admittedly showed this doesn’t always go to plan after he wasn’t so successful at Easter Road.

Jake Hastie has rejoined Motherwell on a season-long loan and again this can only be a positive thing in the player’s development and in gaining homegrown experience.

Scotland U21 talent McCrorie has impressed during loan spells with Berwick Rangers, Greenock Morton, Queen of the South and Premiership Livingston. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

If our best young players are playing around Scotland it benefits us by giving them experience closer to home but also because they can hurt our rivals.

If our youngest players continue to prove they can cut it at this level elsewhere – then there’s no reason to believe they can’t come back make a proper impression on the Ibrox first-team.

Whilst it might pain some to say it, it’s been a successful route to develop players across the city.

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