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‘Dream come true’: Ross McCrorie speaks on his debut

Defender elated after making first-team bow

Celtic v Rangers - Scottish FA Youth Cup Final Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Rangers defender Ross McCrorie has called his debut a ‘dream come true’ after coming off the bench to replace Bruno Alves in last night’s win over Partick.

The 19-year-old didn't put a foot wrong as he strolled through his first appearance for the first-team and admitted it was the best thing that’s happened in his life so far.

McCrorie is captain of the U20 side and is one that many have picked out as being closest to making the jump to the first team.

Speaking to RangersTV after the match, he said: “It’s the best thing that’s happened to me in my life so I’m just buzzing for it and happy to make my family proud.

“I thought I done well but I was disappointed to lose the goal because I was kind of wanting a clean sheet, and then to come on and lose a goal within five, ten minutes.

“But it was a good result in the end and the boys done brilliant.”

McCrorie has been a stand-out for Graeme Murty’s Under-20 side and would have likely made the step up last season had he not been on loan at Dumbarton.

Pedro Caixinha called the young defender the ‘future’ for club and country and McCrorie was beaming following the manager’s praise, adding: “It’s great words from the gaffer.

“Ever since he’s come in, he has involved me right from the start and it’s been great to get in amongst it with the first-team.

“So hopefully it can continue and I can just keep on playing well.”

With Alves, Declan John and Lee Wallace all struggling with injuries, McCrorie could be pitched in against Celtic on Saturday lunchtime.