By Saikat Mandal

21st Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Barry Ferguson suggests Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie should leave Ibrox

Barry Ferguson has suggested that Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie should leave Ibrox on loan.

The 24-year-old has spent four loan spells away from the club already. He is now the third choice behind Jon McLaughlin and Allan McGregor.

He has been called up for the Scotland duty, but he finds game time hard to come by at Ibrox.

“He needs to go and play. I think he has the potential to be a Rangers number one in the future, and Scotland,” said Ferguson on Go Radio (21 September).

“But he has to go and get that experience. He’s only played two first team games for Rangers so he can to go out and play.

“If he does that, he’ll improve, as I think he has all the attributes to be a top goalkeeper. If that means leaving a big club for six months, 12 months, go and get the experience.”

Good advice

Ferguson is absolutely spot on here.

McCrorie is a fantastic player but he hasn’t been used by Giovanni van Bronckhorst properly.

He has only made a handful of appearances for Rangers, and a move away from the club won’t do any harm.

With McLaughlin currently injured, Van Bronckhorst could give a chance to McCrorie to see if he is really capable of challenging for the first-team spot.

McCrorie previously spent time at Berwick Rangers, Queen of the South, Greenock Morton and Livingston, and Ferguson feels that the player has the calibre to become the first choice for both club and country.

It doesn’t look like he will get his opportunity anytime soon under the Dutchman so a potential loan spell in January cannot be completely ruled out.

Rangers returned to winning ways after beating Dundee United 2-1 at Ibrox, and the gap at the top has been reduced to just two points after Celtic suffered a 2-0 defeat against St Mirren.

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