Exposure in League Two benefits McCrorie after Scotland Under-21 recall

After seeing his brother Ross McCrorie become a regular within the starting eleven at Rangers, his twin brother Robby has hailed the impact of his loan spell in League Two with Berwick Rangers, in the wake of him being called up for the Scotland Under-21’s for their two qualification matches at home to Latvia and Ukraine this week.

McCrorie describes his call-up for the Under-21’s as a “personal target” in which he has now met.

“It is a great honour for myself, personally. I have played at every age group – I have played right through from the Under-15’s to the Under-19’s and this will be my second call-up for the Under-21’s now. I am fortunate that I have been given this opportunity to potentially represent my country.”

Going on loan to Berwick in the summer justifies the 19-year-old’s decision to leave Ibrox temporarily to ply his trade in League Two.

“I feel recent performances have helped me get this call-up because I am playing first-team football and getting that exposure. As a young player, that is what you need to take yourself to the next level. I think for everyone, you need to go in with that mindset of “I am going to train hard” as you are all wanting a spot in the starting line-up, but, you need to be realistic too. We won 2-0 in the last qualifier and things went really well so all I can do is look after myself, give a good account of myself and then it is up to the manager who he picks.”

The goalkeeper, brother of Rangers defender Ross, says he will go into the two qualifiers with confidence, as he does for every match.

“At international level, you know every game is going to be tough. They will be challenging matches but you need to go into every game you play with a confidence and a belief – there is more than enough talent in our squad to get the two victories. A lot of the boys within the squad are playing first-team football and are establishing themselves at that level.

In our first qualifier, we beat Holland 1-0 and that is a massive result. I know we were unlucky and lost to England the game after but when you look at it, there is a lot of talent coming through and it gives everyone a boost knowing that in the future, if you are good enough, you will get your chance with the senior side.”

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