Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he thinks Ross McCrorie has shown a big difference under Steven Gerrard.
Alongside Ryan Jack and Alfredo Morelos, McCrorie is one of the main players that Gerrard has improved since inheriting them at Ibrox.
McCrorie, 20, emerged as a centre back prospect under Pedro Caixinha last season, but a dismal showing and a red card in a heavy loss to Celtic back in April had many believing that he wouldn't have a future at centre back.
When Gerrard came in, he used McCrorie as a holding midfielder, bringing extra protection to the Rangers back four during the club's Europa League qualifying campaign.
McCrorie has been in and out of the team this season but excelled against Celtic in December, and has now proven that, if Rangers need a defensive-minded midfielder, than he is the man for the job.
He may not be the most technically-gifted or daring midfielder in possession, but McCrorie's defensive abilities have shone through, leading to praise from ex-Rangers captain McCulloch.
McCulloch has now hailed McCrorie, feeling that he has shown a big difference thanks to the confidence under Gerrard, and believes that he is deceptively quick, aggressive and powerful as he doesn't look like any of those things.
McCulloch has added that McCrorie has so much potential and will get even better, possibly even changing his game by expanding his passing range.
“Steven Gerrard said a few weeks ago that Ross McCrorie was a potential captain of Rangers in the future and it has been really pleasing to see him perform the way he has recently,” said Gerrard. “He got more praise from the manager after the game with Kilmarnock at the weekend and I think the big difference in him right now is confidence. That has come from the manager. Ross is a tremendous athlete, he is quick, aggressive and powerful, even though he doesn’t look it. He will only get better and the words from Steven about him being able to go on and skipper the team will give him a huge boost.”
“He doesn’t get a lot of assists by threading through balls, he is not like a Steve Davis or a Barry Ferguson. But he brings so much to the team in a defensive sense and he does a terrific job in the middle of the park. As he gets older and improves, he will realise his full potential and he could change his game, because he can pass the ball. There is not much that he can’t do and he has had some great praise from the manager,” he added.