By Jack Cunningham

11th Sep, 2021 | 8:30am

Steven Gerrard expects Robby McCrorie to be the club's first-choice goalkeeper in the future

Steven Gerrard believes that Rangers starlet Robby McCrorie will become the club’s first-choice goalkeeper in the future.

The 23-year-old made his Gers debut against Alashkert in the Europa League before he followed it up with his first Old Firm appearance.

The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet and made two good saves to deny Celtic’s Kyogo Fugashi in the big win [BBC].

Gerrard was clearly impressed with McCrorie and lavished him with praise [Daily Record].

He said: “Robby’s always been in my thoughts. We’ve always had a plan for him, and that’s not just in the last two weeks.

“We think he’s got the potential to one day be a Rangers No.1. And even more, in the short term, when Allan moves on, to be one of our main goalkeepers.

“Robby and his people know our plan. He was outstanding over a couple of weeks, but those performances have come on the back of how he returned on day one.

“He’s come back in fantastic shape, trained well, seems to have a bit more maturity about how he goes about his work. I’d have no doubts about using him again at any given time.”

Huge praise for McCrorie.

There is nothing like having the public backing of your manager, and Gerrard has lavished the 23-year-old with praise here.

It is very clear that the young goalkeeper has a big future at Ibrox, and the 41-year-old has total confidence in him, which is fantastic to see.

The former Scottish Under-21 goalkeeper was handed his chance because of Covid, which forced the 39-year-old Allan McGregor to miss a couple of games, and he hasn’t disappointed anyone.

It seems as if he will return to the reserves for now, but it is clear that the club have a plan for him and when McGregor decides to call it a day, we wouldn’t be surprised if McCrorie becomes Rangers’ first-choice goalkeeper.

Certainly, he proved he could handle the responsibility, and we are looking forward to seeing more of McCrorie this season and beyond.

In other Rangers news, the club want to sign an English attacker as his contract saga rumbles on.