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McCrorie to start v Celtic

Bruno Alves misses Old Firm clash

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

19-year-old Ross McCrorie will start tomorrow’s Old Firm match after Bruno Alves failed to overcome a calf injury, according to ‘insider’ The Establishment Consultancy.

Alves came off injured against Partick Thistle on Tuesday night and Caixinha told yesterday’s media conference that the veteran defender was still being assessed.

While Alves will be a loss, McCrorie is a more than capable replacement for the 94-times capped Portugal defender.

McCrorie played 50 minutes against Partick after replacing Alves and impressed in his first-team debut.

The Under-20 captain looked confident and dealt with Thistle’s forwards well in an assured display.

Fabio Cardoso’s performance improved once McCrorie came on and the pair made a fairly good partnership at the heart of Rangers’ defence.

McCrorie was a stand-out last season in Graeme Murty’s Development Squad before joining Dumbarton on loan for the second-half of the season.