By Saikat Mandal

20th Sep, 2022 | 4:40pm

Steve Clarke: Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie not in ideal situation

Rangers third-choice keeper Robby McCrorie has joined the Scotland squad for Nations League clashes, and Steve Clarke was full of praise for him.

The Scotland boss has admitted that he is struggling to find a young goalkeeper, and has recalled McCrorie who is yet to make his senior international debut.

He is the third-choice keeper at the club behind Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin, and Clarke has suggested that the 24-year-old doesn’t find himself in an “ideal situation” at the moment.

“He’s a good goalkeeper. Obviously I saw him when he was out on loan at Livingston and Morton, when he was playing games,” said Clarke, as quoted by The Daily Record.

“I know he is not in an ideal situation where he is not getting game time, but I know he is working with good goalkeepers and worked on at Rangers. Even though he is not getting the matches, he is improving as a goalkeeper.

“Even from the first time I called him in when he was at Livingston I can see that when he comes to the squad he has improved. (He is) A young goalkeeper improving. We are not blessed with a lot of young options in that area. Obviously Robby is one that I like and we are going to try and keep him involved as much as possible.”

Opportunity

McLaughlin picked up an injury and he has dropped out of the Scotland squad, and this presents a window of opportunity for McCrorie to shine if he gets a chance. 

The Gers goalkeeper has only made two first-team appearances for the Scottish side. He featured in an impressive derby performance in victory over Celtic, and also featured in a Europa League clash against Alashkert. 

He has previously spent loan spells at Livingston. McCrorie will hope that he will make an appearance in the Nations League clash with Ukraine and Ireland. 

However, Clarke has other options as well. Hearts’ goalkeeper Craig Gordon and Motherwell’s Liam Kelly are the other two goalkeepers Clarke could rely on. 

He has really struggled for game time under Giovanni van Bronckhorst. This season, McLaughlin has started the opening few games, but he was poor in the 4-0 defeat against Celtic, and lost his place to McGregor. 

There could be an opening for McCrorie at Ibrox, provided he gets a chance to represent his country and make a strong impact as well. 

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson is raging at this “spectacular failure” at Ibrox.