Ross McCrorie admits being downhearted watching Rangers win league title but hopes to make first-team impact upon Ibrox return

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The defender is currently out on loan with Ayr United.

Ross McCrorie has admitted to Rangers' official website that it was difficult to watch the Gers lift the Scottish Championship title while he was out on loan with Ayr United, but insisted that he wants to make an impact for the first-team upon his return to Ibrox.

The 18-year-old joined the Honest Men earlier in the season and is currently trying to help them in the quest to get promoted to the second tier through the play-offs.

And while the youngster is under no illusions that the temporary switch to Somerset Park is the best thing for his development, and hopes that his time away has proved to Mark Warburton that he deserves a chance once he returns, he conceded that he was disappointed not to be involved in their title celebrations.

"If I'm back in the first team, I want to show the gaffer how much I have improved as a footballer on loan out at Ayr, and hopefully he can see that too and maybe I'll get a chance," he told the club's official website.

"Being at Ayr and seeing Rangers win the league left me a bit downhearted as I was missing out on all of that and I wasn't able to get involved in the squads.

"What I am doing at Ayr though will make me a better player in the long-term though."

Though McCrorie is yet to make an appearance for the Light Blues, his inclusion on the bench for some games this season suggests that he is in Mark Warburton's plans.

Since his move, he has been a regular in Ian McCall's side. His 13 appearances for the team helped them finish second in the Scottish League One table and also earn a place in the play-off final where they will face Stranraer. 

As well as his defensive contribution, he has also found the back of the net on two occasions. And with Warburton surely looking to bolster his defensive ranks ahead of Rangers' Scottish Premiership return, McCrorie's form may well send a message to the manager of his parent club that he deserves a chance next season.

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