Ibrox View: Why these Rangers fans cannot blame McCrorie for picking Aberdeen
Ross McCrorie has posted an emotional farewell to Rangers on Twitter after agreeing a deal to join Aberdeen on a loan-to-buy basis.
On Monday, the Dons confirmed on their official Twitter account that McCrorie, 22, had joined them on a season-long loan before a three-year permanent deal becomes active next June.
The Club tonight confirms the loan signing of Scotland Under 21 International, Ross McCrorie, from Rangers on a deal until the end of the 2020/21 season.
Ross will become a permanent Aberdeen player in June 2021 on a three-year deal.
Welcome to Pittodrie Ross!
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— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) August 17, 2020
McCrorie took to his own personal Twitter account to say he will be “forever grateful” to Rangers and said that it is time for him to “further his career” by moving on from the Glasgow giants.
However, Aberdeen are one of Rangers’ biggest rivals in the Scottish Premiership and news of McCrorie’s decision to quit Ibrox and head for Pittodrie has caused quite the stir on Twitter.
Here is a selection of tweets by Rangers fans in reaction to McCrorie’s move to Aberdeen:
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Poor show selling to Aberdeen or any other premier league club 🙄
— gordon smith (@gordonsmith63) August 17, 2020
Shame to see you go to Aberdeen of all places, but all the best Ross, gave it all you could everytime you stepped on the park 👏🏻💙
— Lee Hendry (@Lee_Hendry1872) August 18, 2020
Good luck Ross, hope you get relegated pal 💙
— Facele55 👤 (@FacelessRanger) August 18, 2020
Obviously, there are a range of reactions when a player swaps one club to join a rival club and we can understand why some Rangers fans are disappointed with McCrorie’s exit.
However, for the sake of his career, joining the Dons is definitely the best move for the Scotland Under-21 international.
McCrorie is one of the most highly-rated talents to emerge from Rangers’ academy in recent years.
Pedro Caixinha once tipped McCrorie “to be one of the best centre-halves” Rangers and Scotland have ever seen [Daily Record].
Steven Gerrard said of McCrorie in 2018 that “the club have a gem if he is coached and given the right guidance” [Belfast Telegraph].
However, McCrorie – who turned 22 in March – still spent last season on loan at English League One club Portsmouth, where he started just 12 league games.
If you’re being sent out on loan as a young, up-and-coming player, you expect to be playing every week so that your development is not harmed – especially when you’re being tipped to have such a bright future.
It remains to be seen if McCrorie’s development stalled or slowed down at Fratton Park as he hadn’t played for the Light Blues this season. But, still, it was less than ideal for him to get such a poor amount of game-time in England.
Aberdeen is a new opportunity for McCrorie to make a name for himself in top-tier football rather than the third-tier south of the border, where Gerrard sent him out on loan rather than finding a space for him in his own senior squad.
McCrorie has every right to feel down heartened by not being in Gerrard’s plans while at Aberdeen, Michael Devlin’s hamstring injury means McCrorie could get a chance to hit the ground running in Derek McInnes’ side when the Dons play St Johnstone on Thursday.
McCrorie found chances hard to come by at Ibrox and with him set to turn 23 later this season, there is no way he can sit around and wait for injuries and suspensions for him to finally be in Gerrard’s plans.
We wish him all the best at Aberdeen.
In other Rangers news, Alex Bruce believes this Ger can shine at Hull City next season.