By Graeme Hanna

28th May, 2023 | 3:40pm

English clubs wanted Robby McCrorie transfer before Rangers agreement and opportunity

Robby McCrorie was wanted by clubs in England, prior to committing his future to Rangers, as reported by the Scottish Daily Mail [27 May, page 115].

The goalkeeper has seized his opportunity to impress in recent weeks and now he is set for the battle to be Rangers number one.

He is unfazed by the prospect of manager Michael Beale bringing in another keeper, as part of the widescale squad rebuild that will take place over the summer.

The 25-year-old has made it clear that he wants to stay and fight for his place at Rangers despite interest from other clubs, as intimated in the Mail report by Mark Wilson.

“After two first-team appearances early last term, he had to wait 20 months for another to follow,” he said.

“English clubs were keen. McCrorie, however, agreed a contract extension at Ibrox until 2025.”

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Ready to fight

With the departure of Allan McGregor, it is also expected that Jon McLaughlin will leave the club shortly unless he stays to see out the last year of his deal as a third-choice backup option.

McCrorie’s recent run in the team has increased his visibility as well as his chances of claiming the gloves for next season, although by his own admission, there are no guarantees.

Beale has stated that another goalkeeper is imminent, with Jack Butland strongly linked.

Given the time he has spent on the sidelines, McCrorie would be forgiven for wanting to head elsewhere to be a first-choice keeper but instead, he wants to follow the example of McGregor, on and off the pitch, by letting his hard work do the talking and the rest will take care of itself.

He has shown in the games against Celtic that he can be relied upon when it matters and that has to be the basis for the next stage in his career at Ibrox, as he gets ready to fight for his future.

In other Rangers news, Jack Butland gives a one-word response when asked if he’s coming to Ibrox this summer.