Dumbarton manager Steve Aikten knows just how talented Ross McCrorie can be.
The Sons boss got the inside track on Rangers’ 19-year-old centre-back during a loan spell with the Scottish Championship side last season. And it’s fair to say Aitken has not been surprised by just how quickly McCrorie has exploded onto the scene at Ibrox.
McCrorie only made his senior Rangers bow in September but has gone from strength to strength already, starting five Scottish Premiership games and even scoring the first goal of his professional career with a bullet header against Partick Thistle on Saturday.
And Aitken agrees that the sky is the limit for a player who former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha tipped to be one of the greatest in the history of Scottish football. The Dumbarton manager even believes McCrorie’s qualities should not just be limited to centre-half.
“He came in and was terrific and his attitude was spot on,” Aitken told SportTimes. “We went to Easter Road and we played him in the middle of the park because we knew they were strong in there and Ross was outstanding.
“We drew 2-2 that day and probably should have won and a lot of that was down to Ross in midfield nullifying the threats.
“I thought then that he would go far. He took on board the instructions we gave him and delivered a performance that was outstanding.
“It is great to see him in the Rangers first team and I am sure he can kick-on and be a future Rangers captain.”
McCrorie clearly has a long way to go before he has the armband clasped around his bicep. But Rangers’ caretaker manager Graeme Murty, or whoever arrives to replace Caixinha on a full-time basis, should heed Aiken’s praise and be open to the prospect of fielding McCrorie in the centre of the park.
Blessed with superb reading of the game and excellent technical ability, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the teenager could thrive in a holding role.