TEENAGE defender Ross McCrorie has one aim and one aim only for the new season – making his debut for his boyhood heroes.
McCrorie, who is training with the Light Blues’ first team in Charleston, South Carolina at present, is hopeful he can make the next step after featuring on the bench for Mark Warburton’s side last year.
Speaking at the club’s base in the USA, he made it clear what would represent a successful season for him on a personal level this time around.
He explained: “Making my debut. That’s the biggest thing I want and from there hopefully I can get a few games under my belt and show the gaffer what I can do.
“Getting on the bench last season was good, but you want to make that next step. I obviously learnt a lot being around the first team but nowhere near as much as I would have compared to making my debut.
“Being able to train with the first time every day has been a great experience. This is the second season that I have done pre-season with the first-team, and it’s tough, but I’m looking to impress the manager in every one of the sessions.
“That has to be the aim for all the young boys over here.”
McCrorie spent the latter half of the previous campaign on-loan at Ayr United, and they earned promotion to the Championship following a dramatic penalty-shootout win over Stranraer.
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Ayr are known for having a demanding set of fans, but McCrorie believes the experience of playing in front of them can only be a good thing for his career.
He continued: “It was a good experience getting away and seeing something different. It was a bit of an eye-opener compared to what I’m used to back at Rangers in terms of facilities and things like that.
“We managed to get promoted though and everything went well for us. We started off well before going through a sticky patch, but that was only because by that point we already knew we were in the play-offs.
“They have a really big fanbase – much bigger than I had realised. There was nearly 5000 at the play-off final.
“They expect to win every game, and it’s very much the same as it is at Rangers in that respect.”
Back at Rangers, and McCrorie is taking every opportunity to learn from those players in the squad who are older than him.
He paid particular tribute to fellow defender Danny Wilson, and revealed he can’t wait to work alongside Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar –two players he grew up watching.
He added: “Danny has come through the youth system at Rangers like me and he helps me a lot. He pulls me aside and gives me advice all the time.
“It’s great now having Clint at the club too as he has been in the Premier League and has plenty of experience we can all feed off.
“As a young boy I used to watch Joey and Niko on Match of the Day, and it will be great when they are up and running to see how they play.
“The quality is rising all the time, and that’s been really noticeable this time around. It’s been a great experience being around everyone.”
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