Sometimes, a player only has to make one mistake to be judged by fans and managers.
That may well be what has happened to Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie. The 20-year-old received a red card in his first league start of the season back in August, and has only features in the Scottish Premiership once since then.
He has played in the Scottish League Cup and the Europa League, but has has struggled to earn an elusive league game.
However, in a season where Rangers can legitimately challenge for the title in Scotland, manager Steven Gerrard cannot afford to take the risk with players that may be deemed unreliable when it comes to their discipline.
The Liverpool legend already has the likes of ‘El Buffalo’ Alfredo Morelos, who has already been given two red cards this season, and Ryan Jack, who amassed four last season, in his squad, and he cannot afford to have too many players that are a liability.
That was McCrorie’s first red card for the club, but it may have been enough to influence Gerrard early on in his tenure as manager at Ibrox. At such a young age, he may not have done enough to prove that he can be relied upon.
Likewise, at such a young age, Gerrard may also not want to expose the player to too much first team football, rather looking to his slightly more experienced players instead.
McCrorie certainly has a promising future at Ibrox, but he may be paying for one mistake.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!