Rangers will, at some point in the near future, have to face up to an uncomfortable reality. 

Allan McGregor, despite his weekly heroics, will be 38 at the end of the month, and it won’t be long before the search begins for a long-term replacement to take over his duties between the sticks at Ibrox.

Their plan for doing so remains to be seen, but it would appear that they have a pretty strong candidate for the long term future of the number one jersey already on the books.

Robby McCrorie is currently on loan at Queen of the South, and his goalkeeping coach in Dumfries, Ross Ballantyne, is incredibly impressed with his work.

As quoted by the Athletic, he said: “I’ve known of him since he was 14. Even at that age, he was always considered a future Rangers and Scotland No 1. It’s been a 10-year plan and that’s now getting closer and closer.

“He’s the best I’ve worked with and I worked with Neil Alexander, who I thought was outstanding, and Liam Kelly, who is getting a lot of plaudits for earning his move to QPR. Robby is miles ahead of what Liam was when I worked with him.

“He’s a Rolls-Royce, honestly.”

Whether McCrorie will be ready to step up to the plate at Ibrox in the immediate of aftermath of McGregor’s retirement, whenever that may one, remains to be seen, but certainly, you would argue that he is a lot closer now than he was when he was on loan at Berwick Rangers or Greenock Morton.

If he continues on his current trajectory then the 21-year-old could be in for a very big future in Glasgow.

Patience will be key, and if he is afforded it, then both he and the club will benefit hugely.

In other news, Ross Wilson issues strong message on Rangers’ January transfer goals.

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