Alan Hutton has sung the praises of Robby McCrorie after the 23-year-old impressed in goal for Glasgow Rangers recently.
The Lowdown: Clean sheets
McCrorie has started in the last two games for the Ibrox outfit against Alashkert in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier, and at home in the Old Firm derby last weekend.
Should Rangers keep McCrorie?
In those matches, he managed to keep two clean sheets, with the 0-0 draw at Alashkert followed up by the 1-0 win against bitter rivals Celtic (Transfermarkt), in which he pulled off three saves and earned a Sofascore rating of 7.4, the fourth-highest of any player on the day.
The Latest: Hutton on McCrorie
Speaking to Football Insider, former Rangers right-back Hutton hailed McCrorie after his impressive performances, and even went as far as to suggest that Steven Gerrard may decide against sending him out on loan again. The 36-year-old said:
“Gerrard will be very impressed with him.
“I think it was a little bit sink or swim for him, it was just left up to him with the two other experienced goalkeepers missing.
“He’s been out on loan, he’s had that experience and that’s led to his first Rangers game.
“The Old Firm game is different to anything else, but he’s taken it all in his stride and I thought it was an excellent performance.
“He stepped up and made some decent saves, so overall he must be very happy with his performance.
“Gerrard, Gary McAllister and those guys must be seeing what kind of goalkeeper that he’s capable of being in the future.
“They know that he can step up and be trusted. I’m really happy for him.
“To be able to go out in those situations and make big saves is bound to make him a better goalkeeper.”
The Verdict: Keep
After being sent out on loan to Berwick Rangers, Morton, Queen of the South and Livingston throughout his Gers career so far (Transfermarkt), McCrorie has shown that he can now perform for his parent club.
With the seasoned pro of Allan McGregor as a role model, the 23-year-old should only benefit from watching the veteran stopper in training, hopefully getting more minutes on the pitch as the season progresses.
He should be kept at the club at all costs rather than farmed out on loan again, so long as he can continue putting in impressive displays for the first team.
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