Scunthorpe United boss lauds Rangers' Matt Crooks despite his weekend absence

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands with Pedro Mendes

The Rangers midfielder was barely given a chance under Mark Warburton but continues to prove his worth at Scunthorpe United.

Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

Matt Crooks wasn’t exaggerating when he suggested that most Rangers supporters probably wouldn’t even recognised him in the street after six months at Ibrox, the Daily Record reported.

The 23-year-old, who swapped Accrington Stanley for Ibrox in the summer alongside Josh Windass, was handed just one league start by Mark Warburton, forced to play out of position to boot in a 2-0 defeat at Hearts.

However, if a loan spell at Scunthorpe United in League One was intended to rejuvenate Crooks, then it’s succeeded.

The powerhouse midfielder brought an emphatic end to nine games without a win for the previously league leading Iron with a thunderbolt winner against Rochdale a week ago.

And it’s testament to his impact at Glanford Park that Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander is sweating on his fitness ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bradford. Crooks picked up a knock after flying into a crunching challenge which laid the foundations for the opening goal against The Dale.

"Crooksy picked up an injury the other night when he made the tackle for the first goal," Alexander, whose side lost 2-1 at Oxford without Crooks on Saturday, told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

Fleetwood Town Manager Graham Alexander

"Crooksy has been playing superb in the last four games so it was a bit of a blow not to have him involved in some capacity."

They say when a new manager arrives, everyone gets a clean slate. Therefore, Pedro Caixinha replacing the clearly unconvinced Warburton should hand Crooks a second chance to make a fist of a career at Ibrox.

And his stand-out performances at Scunthorpe certainly suggest that he deserves an opportunity to prove his worth. Because, if not, there will surely be no shortage of suitors.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha poses with a scarf after the press conference

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