Ross McCrorie

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Ross McCrorie
Personal information
Full name Ross McCrorie
Date of birth (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Dailly, Scotland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
(on loan from Rangers)
Youth career
2012–2017 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Rangers 41 (2)
2016Ayr United (loan) 15 (2)
2017Dumbarton (loan) 9 (0)
2019–Portsmouth (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013 Scotland U15 2 (0)
2013–2014 Scotland U16 6 (0)
2014–2015 Scotland U17 9 (1)
2015–2017 Scotland U19 8 (1)
2016– Scotland U21 10 (0)
2017–2018 Scotland U20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:59, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Ross McCrorie (born 18 March 1998) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a central defender or defensive midfielder for Portsmouth, on loan from Rangers; he is also the captain of the Scotland under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

McCrorie worked his way through the Rangers youth system,[1] becoming captain of their U20s side alongside his twin brother Robby (a goalkeeper). McCrorie joined Scottish League One side Ayr United on loan in February 2016,[2][3] playing fifteen times and scoring twice as Ayr won promotion.

After signing a new contract in December 2016, at the same time as his brother,[4] he joined his former coach at Rangers, Ian Durrant, at Scottish Championship side Dumbarton on a loan deal until the end of the season.[5][6]

McCrorie made his debut for the Rangers senior team in September 2017, when he replaced Bruno Alves in a League Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle at Firhill Stadium, won 3–1 after extra time.[7] Following the match, manager Pedro Caixinha praised McCrorie, stating that he was "going to be the future of this country, not only this club, as a centre-half. We are very glad to have him with us".[8] Later in the same week he made his first start – also his Scottish Premiership debut and maiden experience of the Old Firm derby – against Celtic at Ibrox. Rangers lost the match 2–0, but McCrorie's performance was reported favourably by the press.[9]

McCrorie scored his first senior goal for Rangers with a header in the first half against Partick Thistle on 4 November 2017 at Ibrox; Rangers won the match 3–0.[10] On 3 December he was deployed as a defensive midfielder in a fixture away to Aberdeen, which his team won to overtake their opponents into second place in the table.[11] On 28 December he signed a new four-year contract.[1][12] After he scored an important goal in the second visit to Aberdeen in May 2018, McCrorie received praise from both the Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes and the Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl for his overall performance and influence in bringing his team back into the match; the player himself dedicated the strike to his dying grandmother.[13]

Loan to Portsmouth[edit]

In July 2019, McCrorie agreed a deal to move to English club Portsmouth on loan for the 2019–20 season; it was reported that Pompey had an option to buy him outright,[14] but this was refuted by Rangers manager Steven Gerrard a few days later.[15]

International career[edit]

McCrorie was named in the Scotland U19 squad for the elite round of the European Championships in March 2017[16] alongside Dumbarton teammate Daniel Harvie. He had captained the side in the qualifying phase of the tournament.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 July 2019[18]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers Under-20s[a] 2016–17 2 0 2 0
2017–18 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Rangers
2015–16 Scottish Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Scottish Premiership 21 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 2
2018–19 Scottish Premiership 20 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 31 0
Total 41 2 2 0 4 0 8 0 0 0 55 2
Ayr United (loan) 2015–16 Scottish League One 11 2 0 0 0 0 4[b] 0 15 2
Dumbarton (loan) 2016–17 Scottish Championship 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 61 4 2 0 4 0 8 0 7 0 82 4
  1. ^ Matches in the Scottish Challenge Cup, in which teams from the SPFL Development League compete against senior clubs
  2. ^ Appearances in 2016 Scottish Championship play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lochlin Highet (10 January 2018). "Ross and Robby McCrorie sign contract extensions with Rangers". Daily Record / Ayrshire Post. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. ^ Wilson, Mike. "Ayr United sign Rangers teenager Ross McCrorie on loan". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ "McCrorie Heads Out On Loan". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ Thomson, Nick (24 December 2016). "New Deals For McCrories". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club.
  5. ^ Findlay, Alan. "Transfer window: Ross McCrorie". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Duo Head Out On Loan". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. 28 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Partick Thistle 1–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Rangers face anxious fitness wait on two defenders ahead of Old Firm game". BBC Sport. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths set slick Celtic apart from Rangers". The Guardian. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Rangers make it two wins out of two under interim manager Graeme Murty". BBC Sport. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  11. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (3 December 2017). "Aberdeen 1 Rangers 2: Derek McInnes remains favourite for Ibrox job despite losing dress rehearsal at Pittodrie". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Ross McCrorie and twin brother Robbie agree new deals with Rangers". The Scotsman. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Ross McCrorie 'dragged Rangers back into the game' - Aberdeen's Derek McInnes". BBC Sport. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  14. ^ Ross McCrorie leaves Rangers for loan deal at Portsmouth with option to buy, Football Scotland, 5 July 2019
  15. ^ Rangers: Portsmouth don't have clause to buy Ross McCrorie - Steven Gerrard, BBC Sport, 7 July 2019
  16. ^ Findlay, Alan. "Cap calls for loan duo". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Skipper McCrorie satisfied as Under-19s progress". Scottish Football Association. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Ross McCrorie". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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