Is Ross McCrorie fortunate after Rangers' clash with Hamilton?

Ross McCrorie of Rangers vies with Jack Aitchison of Celtic during The Scottish FA Youth Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers defender Ross McCrorie has impressed since emerging at Ibrox, but he made a notable mistake in the win over Hamilton.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

While Pedro Caixinha may have recently backed Ross McCrorie to become one of the best defenders in the country in comments reported by the Daily Record, there is no question that few expect the Rangers starlet to be anywhere near being the finished article just yet.

The 19-year-old went into this season having never played in the Scottish Premiership and only got his chance after Bruno Alves sustained an injury in the League Cup win over Partick Thistle. 

Moussa Dembele of Celtic is tackled by Ross McCrorie of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Three appearances in and the Gers teenager is beginning to learn how tough life may be for him as he tries to live up to Caixinha's assessment of his potential.

But luckily for him, his most notable mistake since he was given his chance by Caixinha came in a situation that did not hurt Rangers, and would not have hurt the Gers too much had the opponents taken full advantage.

McCrorie gave away a penalty during Rangers' clash with Hamilton on Friday after a poor challenge on Botti Biabi - but seems to have avoided any particular criticism, perhaps because the score was 4-1 at the time and Wes Foderingham saved the resulting spot-kick.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic is brought down by Myles Beerman of Rangers leading to a penalty during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on...

But former academy teammate Myles Beerman will know that had the circumstances been different and the match been a much higher profile affair, McCrorie's tired challenge could have seen him facing several more questions.

Beerman came into the fold at left-back shortly after Caixinha's arrival at Ibrox last season, but has not featured this season. And while Lee Wallace's return from injury and Declan John's arrival on loan are the main reasons for that, it could certainly be argued that a moment of madness in an Old Firm game hurt his chances of featuring more prominently this term.

The Malta international gave away a penalty after seven minutes of the final Old Firm game of last season after an unnecessary, rash challenge on Hoops winger Patrick Roberts. The penalty was converted and the Hoops went on to win 5-1. 

It is surely fair to say that Beerman was criticised a lot more for his mistake than McCrorie was for his, and the latter is surely fortunate for that to be the case, as had the situation and outcome been different then perhaps there would be a lot more doubt about whether he is ready for the first-team than there currently appears to be.

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