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Rangers midfielder Robbie Crawford hungry for experience following Alloa move

The 22-year old failed to convince Mark Warburton to keep him at Ibrox this season.

Rangers youngster Robbie Crawford has told the Herald Scotland of his determination to break into the Gers’ side after this season's loan spell with Alloa Athletic.

The industrious midfielder is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Barrie McKay who has established himself in Mark Warburton’s set-up, after two loan stints away from Ibrox.

"It was an easy decision to join Alloa as I was not getting involved much at Rangers. I spoke to the manager [Mark Warburton] last week and we agreed that I should go out and get experience,” Crawford told the Herald Scotland.

"I spoke to Alloa and liked what they had to say so I am delighted to be here. It is a good start."

Crawford appeared over 50 times for Rangers between 2012 and 2014, in what were his breakthrough campaigns, but he was sent on loan to Greenock Morton for half of last season and only featured four times for the Gers.

He will hope his path follows a similar tread to flying winger Barrie McKay, after the 20-year old also spent time at Morton before his Rangers breakthrough.

Mark Warburton’s arrival this summer has brought with it a monumental change at Ibrox and the task of academy stars breaking into the first-team has been made harder by an influx of talent from South of the border.

The opportunity is still there for homegrown talent however, as proven by McKay, and Crawford will be determined to become another success story for the Rangers academy.

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