Former Glasgow Rangers goalkeeper Jim Stewart has urged Robbie McCrorie to remain on loan for another season instead of returning to Ibrox to look for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting line-up.
The 22-year-old had two loan spells during the 2019/20 campaign, first joining Queen of the South before moving to Livingston in the Premiership. All in all, he kept seven clean sheets and conceded 32 goals in 42 matches, earning vital first-team experience along the way.
Stewart, though, believes it is too early for him to become an important member of Gerrard’s squad. He said:
“If I was still at Rangers I would be advising Robbie to have another season as first choice in the Premiership if he could.
“That would give him the regular game experience he needs.
“He is an excellent prospect and has done well for Scotland Under-21s as well. But he needs to be playing regularly.
“Playing for Rangers is a massive task and with Allan being there and as the model of consistency then in my eyes it would be far more beneficial for Robbie to go and play another season.”
At the moment, Allan McGregor is Gerrard’s number one, and there has been little indication that the 38-year-old will be retiring from the action any time soon. After all, the Gers conceded just 19 goals in the top flight last term, the joint-least along with Celtic, whilst McGregor is a club legend with 350 appearances to his name for the Ibrox outfit.
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As Stewart says, it is important for McCrorie to continue to receive first-team exposure – that is the only thing that will begin to prepare him for a role between the sticks for the Gers.
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