ROBBY McCRORIE was thrilled to sign a long-term deal with Rangers today – and reckons he has come on leaps and bounds recently as a goalkeeper.

Spending the last few months on-loan at Berwick Rangers, the 19 year-old feels he has developed massively as a player both in terms of ability and also confidence.

He told RangersTV exclusively: “Four and a half years is a long time and I am delighted to tie myself down. It’s a bit unexpected for myself to be honest, but I have been working hard and I aim to continue that.

“It’s brilliant for me and I am really looking forward to the future. I think over the last six months with my loan spell and playing football regularly, I have progressed more in those six months in terms of my overall game than what I maybe have in the last few years.

“I’ve always been progressing, but I have really started to feel it recently and become more confident with each game.”

Having grown up as a supporter, McCrorie admits it’s extra-special to be signing on at Ibrox. Now though, he is determined to push on – although he knows there is still a long way to go to reach where he wants to be.

McCrorie added: “From I don’t know what age, I have been a Rangers fan. I joined here when I was eight years old so it has been a long time, so this has always been an ambition of mine.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to be a part of the club and to come in here every day and have the support the club has got.

“I am still out on loan just now, so as long as I keep progressing. Being a goalkeeper as well, you need to be patient.

“I’m level-headed that way and I know where I am at and where I want to be. Of course, in the future, I want to be the Rangers number one and that’s why I signed the contract.

“I just need to keep working really hard.”

Rangers have a history of bringing goalkeepers through their youth set-up, with one man in particular being a real inspiration for McCrorie.

He said: “It’s testament to the Academy. Not just for goalkeepers, but you see my brother is playing and doing really well, and you also have Ryan Hardie and Jamie Barjonas.

“There are a lot of young players getting a chance now. And in terms of goalkeepers, Allan McGregor was the top man and hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.”

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