Rangers win perfectly highlights just how important Ross McCrorie's become

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers made it four wins on the bounce as the Ibrox side came away from Easter Road with a 2-1 win.

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.

There is no question that Ross McCrorie's emergence into the Rangers side has been one of the main success stories of the season for the Gers - with the teenager establishing himself under Pedro Caixinha and remaining a focal point during Graeme Murty's interim tenure.

The 19-year-old initially broke into the side at centre-back, but has been used - brilliantly - lately in more of a holding midfield role that has allowed the Light Blues to play a diamond formation that seems to suit their side extremely well.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is becoming abundantly clear that McCrorie's name is being put down on the teamsheet earlier and earlier with each game that passes, but perhaps no game quite summed up just how important he has already become to the Rangers side than their clash with Hibernian on Wednesday night.

The Gers made it four wins on the spin with their victory at Easter Road, but the 2-1 scoreline perhaps does not reflect how the game played out as Murty's men had to work extremely hard for the three points after going behind early on.

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.

McCrorie's involvement in the game would have surprised many as he was a doubt for the game against Neil Lennon's side having limped off in the weekend win over Ross County.

And as if his fitness would not have given Murty enough motive to take him off during the latter stages, he was also in a precarious position in that he received an early yellow card so would have had to have been careful with any challenges he made.

Nevertheless, with Hibs pressing for an equaliser - and they certainly put the visitors under plenty of pressure, hitting the post twice - Murty decided that keeping McCrorie on would boost the team's chances of seeing the contest out.

McCrorie went into this season still awaiting his first-team debut for the Gers. And while many who had seen him before his first-team breakthrough would have tipped him for success at Ibrox, few would have imagined that within three months of his debut, he would seemingly be one of the most important players in the side. 

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