Rangers prospect Ross McCrorie has refuted the suggestion he needs special treatment in the early stages of his Ibrox career.
Earlier this summer, Steven Gerrard criticised the way previous managers had handled his development after the defender-midfielder struggled in some big games towards the end of last season.
As quoted by The Belfast Telegraph, the Gers boss said:
He is a baby, and when you are coaching babies you have to protect them from ruining them.If you toss them into huge Old Firm derbies out of position, there is a risk you can damage people and scar them.
However, the 20-year-old has insisted he he doesn’t need protected and is committed to proving he has what it takes to be a Rangers regular for years to come.
Also quoted by The Belfast Telegraph, McCrorie said:
I’m developing great under the gaffer.
I broke into the team last year but you can’t learn from anybody better than Steven Gerrard. He was one of the best players of his generation. I see myself as a central midfielder now, that’s where I’ve been playing mostly. But wherever the gaffer plays me I’ll try my best and we’ll see how it goes.
I’d rather be thrown in at the deep end playing in the big games. That’s how you learn. But it comes down to this – I’m a Rangers fan, so I’d play anywhere for this club.
There is absolutely no doubt the kid’s passion when it comes to playing for the Gers. That has never been in doubt ever since his debut against Partick Thistle last year.
While there have definitely been some shaky moments for the player, it’s clear he is a big part of Gerrard’s long-term plans, even if he is taking time adjusting to his new midfield role.
If he can improve some of the technical aspects of his game then, coupled with his passion and determination, he could prove to be an exciting talent for years to come.
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