The Glasgow Rangers young keeper enjoyed a bright loan spell away from Ibrox as he helped keep Greenock Morton in the second tier.
Glasgow Rangers youngster Robby McCrorie has spoken of his time away from Ibrox on loan at Scottish Championship club Greenock Morton in comments which are bound to give Steven Gerrard food for thought.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper left the Scottish Premiership club in late January for a half-season stint at Morton and went on to kept six clean sheets in 15 starts to help keep the club in the second tier.
Three of McCrorie’s shutouts came in the final three fixtures, in vital victories away at Falkirk and Dunfermline Athletic as well as on the last day of the regular season against Dundee United.
With so much at stake in the event of relegation, including the players’ livelihoods, there was a lot of pressure on the Scotland Under-21s stopper, but having come through it all successfully, he feels he has benefited a lot in terms of his development.
McCrorie made it clear that he wants to become Rangers’ first-team stopper, and his show of ambition, backed up with his achievements with Greenock and the progress that came with it, will all be music to Gerrard’s ears.
“I needed games that would be a challenge, and I feel, come the end of the loan, I was comfortable at that level,” he told the Greenock website. “Being at Morton for six months benefitted me a lot, especially being in an environment where we were under pressure for a wee while. It was in our own hands, but we were under pressure to pick up points.
“There are players’ livelihoods at stake. Fortunately we ended up finishing in fifth, but if we had been relegated to League One that could have had a massive affect on everyone. I felt that I came through that period and it stands me in good stead for the future. If I want to be a Rangers No.1 in future, I need to be able to handle pressure, so it has been really important for me.”