'Good move all-round' – Exclusive: Alex Bruce hails move for 22y/o as Ibrox exit confirmed
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Alex Bruce has said that Ross McCrorie’s move to Aberdeen is good for all parties although he added that the player will have been disappointed not to have made it at Rangers.
Big things were expected from McCrorie after Steven Gerrard touted him as a future club captain back in January 2019.
🗣️ Steven Gerrard on @RossMcCrorie4: “I am delighted for Ross and I think he has an incredible future here. I think he is a potential future captain of the club and he won’t be going anywhere else but Rangers.”
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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 17, 2019
However, the 22-year-old has now joined Aberdeen on loan in a move that will be made permanent next summer.
“I think maybe he’s got a bit sick of waiting for his chance at Rangers,” Bruce said exclusively to Ibrox News, “but he hasn’t lived up to the expectation of what Steven thought when he first went there.
“I think it’s probably a good move all-round. Aberdeen are a good club and they’ve got themselves a really good player who will be hoping that he can get his career back on track after the disappointment at Rangers.
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“I’ve said before that you have to be exceptional to forge a successful career at Rangers at the moment and it’s obviously been decided that he was going to fall short.
“It will be disappointing for him but Aberdeen are a good side and he’ll be glad to have his long-term future sorted.
“I wish him all the luck and I’m sure that Rangers fans do as well.”
McCrorie made his debut for Aberdeen on Thursday night and put in an impressive performance in a 1-0 win away at St Johnstone.
That was just their second game of the season after having fixtures postponed following the breach of Covid-19 guidelines.
He was the second-highest rated Aberdeen player on the BBC Player Rater behind goal-scorer Ryan Hedges.
In other Rangers news, Bruce claims Rangers will want to ‘build team around’ Barisic