What’s the story with Ross McCrorie?

As Rangers labour on the field, Ross McCrorie looks on from the bench.

The talented and versatile Rangers youngster has only played in 10 games this season. Still only 20, that’s a decent return for a young member of the Rangers squad. But he’s only played three times in the league.

Against St. Johnstone and most recently Hamilton, McCrorie has looked a composed figure in the middle. He hasn’t been preferred in bigger matches.

Granted, McCrorie got himself sent off in our first home league of the season against St. Mirren. But these are all learning curves for the youngster.

Ross McCrorie broke through into the Rangers team last season making over 20 appearances. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With many fans feeling that the likes of Lassana Coulibaly needs some time on the bench, is the youngster due a run in the first team?

Still young but a solid option in front of the defence

Ross McCrorie can play at either centre back or as a defensive midfielder and is a versatile option. He reads the game well and is a good anchor for the team.

He shows a maturity beyond his years and Gerrard clearly thinks enough of him to keep him in the squad.

In the matches where he has got his chance, he’s been comfortable and hard-working. Rangers are also yet to lose a game with him in the team this season.

Ross McCrorie is also now the Scotland U21 captain. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

What’s more, he’s all ours. McCrorie was really the first of a generation of players to take a step into the Rangers first team from the Academy. His maturity in handling that has been rewarded at international level too. He’s now the Scotland U21 captain.

St. Mirren could be the perfect chance for McCrorie to get some game time and impress Gerrard. Things have to change on the field and he may be part of a wider shake-up in the starting XI. Rangers can also rely on the likes of Andy Halliday and Jordan Rossiter in this position. They’ll all be chomping at the bit for a chance to impress.

If it’s not tomorrow, there’s no doubt he’ll be utilised more soon.

Especially as Rangers enter a potentially season defining two months for the club.