Rangers loanee Robby McCrorie has admitted it was “nice to be back” after returning to the Livingston side in the 1-1 draw with St. Mirren on Saturday – and admits his stint on the sidelines will make him a better player in the long-term.
McCrorie lost his place to Max Stryjek four months ago just soon after a maiden Scotland call-up and looking like he was on the way to cementing his status as Allan McGregor’s successor at Ibrox.
With Livi in next weekend’s League Cup final against St. Johnstone, McCrorie’s return to the side couldn’t have been better timed but the keeper is thankful for the lessons he learned during his four months on the bench.
“It was nice to be back,” McCrorie said [Not The Old Firm].
“Everyone wants to contribute whether that’s training or games. I enjoyed it despite the conditions, but at the end of the day what else would you rather be doing than playing football?
“It has never happened to me before in my career where I have had to sit on the bench and it was a learning curve for me. I feel stronger for it to be honest.
“Of course I would love to go through my whole career and be the first choice and play every week but it isn’t going to happen.
“This is the bit that I feel I have probably grown the most. It could be easy and you play and win every game but it is the times when things maybe don’t go your way that you learn the most about yourself.
“The whole point of a loan move is to get new experiences. I went to Berwick and then Queen of the South and I learned from them and I have learned other things here.
“It doesn’t matter where I am, I make sure I am prepared no matter what comes my way.
“In 10 or 15 years there are going to be things that come up which I have never faced before, so it is about tackling it and growing from it and doing well.
“I just made sure that I was ready to play whenever the chance came along.
“I might have been on the bench but I was supporting Max and then when I got my chance I just have to try and take it by contributing well for the team.”