Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie is on the brink of history as Scotland U21s captain, with his side one win away from a major tournament [Scottishfa.co.uk].
Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Croatia on Thursday afternoon ensured that a win in their tenth and final qualifying fixture against Greece next week would book them a spot at the UEFA U21 European Championships.
The country hasn’t reached a major tournament at this age group level since 1996, but McCrorie is hoping he and his teammates can take inspiration from the senior squad.
“I think their qualification could be game-changing for the country and now it’s up to the 21s to do the same,” he said [Scottishfa.co.uk]. “If we can do it, it would just go to show the quality that is coming through. We know what we need to do on Tuesday and it’s a huge game for us.”
“A lot of the players, myself included, are in their last year of the 21s and there is a lot of guys in the squad who have played more than 100 times for our clubs. That just goes to show you the quality we have in our team as well as experience even though we’re still young.
“We’re all good mates and it would mean so much for us to qualify for the Euros next year.”
McCrorie is still technically a Rangers player but Aberdeen have an agreement in place to buy the Ibrox academy graduate in the summer following the expiration of his current loan deal [BBC].
Prompted to move elsewhere by a lack of prospects for playing time under Steven Gerrard, the versatile operator is thriving at Pittodrie and leading an impressive Scotland U21s side.
There are several other Gers players in the group, including Glenn Middleton, Lewis Mayo and Stephen Kelly and competing at a major tournament would be superb for their development.