By Doug Ward

19th Jan, 2021 | 7:30pm

Rangers loanee X-rayed after injury worry, manager details results

Loaned-out Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie has not suffered a broken ankle, the results of his X-ray have confirmed.

Derek McInnes has revealed on Aberdeen’s official website that the Dons loan star has suffered a muscle injury and will be out for weeks.

However, it’s a lot better than what was first feared.

McInnes said: “Thankfully, following an X-RAY there was no fracture on Ross’s ankle, but what’s come to light is that he’s punctured the muscle surrounding the ankle and it will mean two to three weeks out, rather than the two to three months which we were anticipating so that’s great news.”

Huge boost for Ross

Although McCrorie won’t be coming back at Ibrox once his loan deal expires, with the midfielder set to sign a three-year deal at Pittodrie, we don’t want to see one of our academy products getting injuries.

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McCrorie’s had a mixed spell during his loan stint at Aberdeen.

He’s made 20 appearances in all competitions but COVID-19 forced him into self-isolation in November and he’s also had to miss games against Rangers due to his loan and a suspension against St Johnstone.

Now he’s got to spend a few weeks injured but that’s way better than a few months.

It will be interesting to see how McCrorie develops in the north-east and whether he establishes himself as a holding midfield or ends up playing more as a centre-back.

We’re still not sure where he’s best utilised but there was clearly no spot for him in Steven Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox.

We wish Ross all the best in his recovery and in his spell at Pittodrie past the end of this season.

He’s a good young player who, hopefully, we’ll see playing for Scotland’s senior squad in the future.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart was impressed by this Gers player for his display at Motherwell.