Rangers defender Ross McCrorie has said he won’t let the praise following his recent performances go to his head.
Pedro Caixinha has claimed that McCrorie will be the “future” for club and country but the 19-year-old admits he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
he Rangers teen sensation only made his first-team debut against Partick Thistle a few weeks ago but has impressed fans and pundits alike with a series of cool, composed performances at the heart of Rangers’ defence.
Injuries to Bruno Alves and Danny Wilson saw the young defender start Rangers’ last three games before the international break and the Under-20’s stand-out could retain his place for Friday’s trip to St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.
McCrorie admit’s he didn’t pay too much attention to his manager’s hyperbolic praise before revealing he had taken some stick from his team-mates over it.
“I saw the manager’s comments after the Thistle game but I just took it in my stride, I didn’t read too much into it,” McCrorie said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“Obviously it’s great what he said but I’m a level-headed boy so I won’t get carried away. I’ll just continue to do my best and see where it takes me in my career.
“I’ll just continue to do my best and see where it takes me in my career.
“I got a wee bit of a slagging off my mates about it though!
Some of the boys in the changing room gave me stick as well, but no, the Rangers lads are great with me.
“People have said a lot of nice things about me and if that’s what they think of me, great, but I’m not looking too much into it.
“I certainly won’t let it go to my head or get too big-headed about it.
“I’ll stay on the level and see what I can achieve.”
McCrorie spent the second-half of last season on loan at Dumbarton and would have likely made his debut for Rangers then as Caixinha hand Aidan Wilson, Jamie Barjonas, Kyle Bradley and Myles Beerman their first-team debuts.
Unfortunately for McCrorie, previous boss Mark Warburton didn’t think too highly of his abilities and farmed him out on loan to gain experience of playing in a different position.
Warburton’s replacement obviously disagrees and the 19-year-old will be someone Rangers fans should see much more of in the coming months.