Former Rangers midfielder Jim Bett thinks Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will be disappointed to be without Ross McCrorie this weekend against the Gers – and admitted he was surprised Steven Gerrard let him leave in the first place.

McCrorie is on loan at Pittodrie this season before making his move permanent in the summer and Bett confessed it was a good way to structure the deal to benefit both sides.

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The Scotland under-21 star has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Granite City but is ineligible to face Rangers this season due to SPFL rules on loan players facing their parent clubs.

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With the Dons travelling to Ibrox this weekend, Bett believes McCrorie brings a better balance to the side but insists McInnes has the players to come in and fill the gap left my McCrorie.

“It’s disappointing for Derek that he won’t be able to play Ross because he probably had a team in the back of his mind but he’s got a strong squad and has players who can come in and cover,” Bett told the Daily Record.

 

“But I can understand why Rangers would want the deal to have been structured like this because this is such a massive season and you don’t want to leave anything to chance.

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“We’ve seen plenty of examples of loan players coming back to haunt their parent clubs but the SPFL rule seems more logical, preventing that from happening.

“I’m actually a bit surprised Rangers let him go in the first place. Maybe he just didn’t fit into Steven Gerrard’s system but he’s doing very well for Aberdeen and they’re delighted with him.

“Aberdeen gel better as a team now and Derek’s got a better balance. You obviously need strong players in the middle and Ross McCrorie falls into that category.

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