Scottish Premiership duo Hearts and Hibernian were both keen on signing Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie on a permanent basis this month, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.
The 21-year-old stopper was on loan at Queen of the South during the first half of the season, but was suddenly recalled to Ibrox so that he could complete another temporary switch to top flight side Livingston on Tuesday, as per the BBC.
But according to a report from the Evening News, the Lions weren’t the only interested party.
A piece from the outlet suggests that Hibs approached the Gers over a permanent swoop for the keeper, but were told that that kind of deal was not an option.
This followed previous interest of a similar kind from city rivals Hearts.
What does this tell us about how Rangers view McCrorie?
Simply put, it tells us that the 21-year-old is on track for big things at Ibrox.
If the Gers didn’t care about him, or didn’t view him as a potential first teamer at some point in the future, then they could quite easily have made a quick buck by cashing in on him now while Premiership sides were interested.
Does this mean that he is nailed on to be the successor to Allan McGregor’s number one shirt? Of course it doesn’t, but at the very least it shows us that McCrorie is putting in the kind of displays that could see him given his shot at Ibrox at some point in the relatively near future.
In that regard, these next few months at Livingston will be vital.
If he can prove that he is good enough to cut it in the top flight, then the world is truly is oyster.