HAVING enjoyed the second half of last season on loan at Dumbarton, Ross McCrorie is thoroughly looking forward to this evening’s Irn Bru Cup clash with the Sons of the Rock.

The 19 year-old Scotland youth international will lead the Rangers Colts side into the match with the Championship outfit, and there he will be reunited with many of his former teammates and coaches, including assistant boss and former Auchenhowie youth boss Ian Durrant.

McCrorie said: “We are all really looking forward to it. Dumbarton are a good Championship team who I was obviously with for a spell last season on-loan. I know some of the players, although they have some different guys this season.

“It will be really physical and a different sort of challenge for the boys, so hopefully the team can pull through, Durranty is still there as is Stevie Aitken the manager, and it will be great to see them again. I hope we all turn up on the night and put a performance on. They have Christian Nade too, who has played with Hearts and he is a top player.

“Hopefully we can play well and get into the next round. We’ll just need to see what happens and what the game brings to us.”

Last season, Gers were knocked out of the competition at the second round stage by League One Stenhousemuir. That came as a disappointment to the team, who are determined to go further this season.

McCrorie continued: “The team has pushed on a lot since last year and we have got a lot better. The team is very similar, albeit with a few younger players who have come up. There are still a lot of players here who played in that game last year, and we have a really good chance.

“Hopefully the gaffer will be there watching too, and if we play well, then hopefully he will take that into consideration and it will be good for us in the future.”

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