Chris Sutton praises Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie

Chris Sutton of Celtic slips and kicks his penalty over the bar during The Tennents Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Dundee United at Hampden Park on May 28, 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Pedro Caixinha’s Glasgow Rangers will face Brendan Rodgers's Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chris Sutton has suggested in The Daily Record that the Old Firm derby against Celtic could be making the making of Rangers defender Ross McCrorie.

Rangers will take on Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership in a few hours’ time.

Bruno Alves has been ruled out of the game due to a calf injury, as reported by STV, meaning that McCrorie could start against the Hoops.

The 19-year-old has yet to make his debut in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers, but the defender featured in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie against Partick Thistle away from home at the Firhill Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Scotland Under-21 international played well in the tie, and the youngster could start the Old Firm derby against Celtic at Ibrox.

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Celtic striker Sutton has suggested that the match at Ibrox could be the making of McCrorie.

Dumbarton striker Christian Nade has also backed the Rangers teenager to play well against Celtic.

The 33-year-old played with the youngster when he was on loan at Dumbarton during the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

Chris Sutton of Celtic slips and kicks his penalty over the bar during The Tennents Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Dundee United at Hampden Park on May 28, 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“I was impressed with the young lad Ross McCrorie when he came on against Partick Thistle in midweek and it will be interesting to see if Pedro plays him after his praise of the youngster,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record.

“They had David Bates and Myles Beerman last season who struggled but McCrorie did well at Firhill and this could be the making of him.”

“The Celtic match is a big game but I think he’ll be fine,” Nade told The Scotsman. “He’ll show he can do it, he’ll show he’s a good player and I’m sure he’ll try to forget the atmosphere. He’s got nothing to lose.

“We all know that Celtic is a really strong team, so he’ll just have to play his game and I’ll sure he’ll be fine. He’s got a good head on his shoulders so I don’t think the extra attention will be an issue.”

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