Former Rangers keeper Neil Alexander thinks Robby McCrorie has ‘all the potential in the world’ and tipped the Ibrox keeper to be the ‘next Allan McGregor’ after making his competitive debut for the Gers last night.

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McCrorie was thrust into the side after McGregor and Jon McLaughlin were ruled out due to Covid issues and Alexander, who was McGregor’s deputy during his own time at Rangers, expects McCrorie to become the long-term number one for the Scottish champions.

Alexander was impressed with how McCrorie handled his senior debut for Rangers although admits it wasn’t a huge surprise given his experience picked up out on loan.

“Robby handled last night really, really well – that was a tough game for him and I think he’ll take it in his stride”, Alexander told Sky Sports.

“I’ve known Robby since he was a young, young boy when I was at Rangers and he was the next big thing coming through. We had great high hopes for him. He’s been on loan at four different clubs and has over 100 appearances under his belt so he’s not short of first-team experience.

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“He just lacks big-game experience and he’ll get that at Rangers. I think he is going to be the next best thing and I think he’s going to be the next Allan McGregor in that he’s a young goalkeeper coming through the ranks and being Rangers’ future number one.

“He’s got all the potential in the world and he’s got all the attributes, he just lacks the big-game experience and he’s starting to get that.”

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With doubts over whether McGregor or McLaughlin will be able to return in time for Sunday, McCrorie’s competitive Ibrox debut could come in the Old Firm.

That would be an even bigger challenge for the shotstopper and bring back memories of Colin Scott being thrown into an Old Firm – which coincidentally also saw no Celtic fans allowed into Ibrox – back in 1994.