By Jason Jones

2nd Sep, 2020 | 1:00pm

Ibrox View: Ross McCrorie form could lead to questions over why he was allowed to leave Rangers

Ross McCrorie has been in superb form for Aberdeen since he made his switch from Rangers earlier in the summer. 

The 22-year-old has slotted right into Derek McInnes’ first team picture, and if he keeps up this level of consistent performance, the Gers could well end up regretting allowing him go to Pittodrie.

So far this term, McCrorie’s pass completion rate has fallen beneath 90% just once, and his overall average stands at 87.8%, as per Wyscout.

As a point of reference, that’s only 4% lower than Ryan Jack’s – although it is worth pointing out that Aberdeen have averaged 11.95% less possession than the Gers this season, meaning that McCrorie spends less time on the ball than Jack.

Subsequently, any passes he does misplace are going to have a greater negative impact on his statistics.

Not that he’s been misplacing many.

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In his last game, McCrorie had a pass completion rate of 95% – a total Jack has surpassed just once this season.

And if we take a look at his pass map, the main thing that jumps out is just how much ground the midfielder covers.

McCrorie not only shields his own back four well, but is looking to push himself on and influence the game positively in more advanced areas too.

That kind of positivity could be a good thing for the Gers, especially when one of the main accusations thrown at Jack and his midfield partner Glen Kamara this season is that neither one is naturally capable of pushing on in possession.

We see something very similar if we look at McCrorie’s dribbling statistics.

With a season average of 70.6% completed dribbles, he actually exceeds Jack in this regard.

And even on a slightly less consistent day, such as in the image above when he managed to complete 55% of his dribbles, there are still plenty of positives to take out of McCrorie’s performance.

Whether it’s in front of his own back four, or again, driving his side forward in the final third, the young Scot is clearly comfortable and effective on the ball.

It’s brilliant to see him thrive like he is, don’t get us wrong, but if he keeps this up, there could be some serious questions asked as to why he was allowed to leave in the first place.

In other Rangers news, Gers ace Ianis Hagi must improve form, even after goal v Hamilton.