On-loan Berwick keeper Robby McCrorie has admitted he is happy to see the progression of his brother Ross within the Rangers first-team this season – but hopes in the future he can join him!
“For myself personally, it was in my thoughts to go out on loan last season, but, it didn’t happen. However, seeing Ross’ progression in such a short-period of time made me even more determined to make that next step so I can push myself on in my own career. After any game we play or even after training, we speak about things – what the future could be like. It’d be a dream come true for us to play regularly together in the same team.
I am really happy for Ross and how this season has gone for him. It is motivation for myself – all it takes is the manager having faith in you and giving you that opportunity. It’d then be up to the player to take that opportunity. I am a firm believer in working hard because if you do that, you will get to where you want to be, so, I will just keep my head down and hopefully one day I can play alongside Ross in the Rangers first-team.”
Current Gers interim boss, Graeme Murty, has had a massive influence on the goalkeeper’s short career, so far.
“Murts to be fair only joined Rangers a couple of years ago but he has had a massive impact since he came in, particularly in the last year or so as everyone can see with the large number of young boys breaking through. I must say, he has been a major influence in my career, too, but I have to add Colin Stewart, who is the goalkeeping coach as well as his dad Jim to that list, also: they have all helped me get to where I am now.
Murts himself is a very driven individual: he tries to get the best out of every player. Every time you speak to him, he will instill a positive belief within yourself.”
Having joined Berwick on loan this summer, his performances in League Two have caught the eye of the national side with Scot Gemmill calling the 19-year-old up to the Scotland Under-21 side earlier on this term. McCrorie, however, has his feet firmly planted on the ground.
“I think, realistically, if I was to go back to Rangers, with the way Wes [Foderingham] is currently playing right now, I would end up just training and maybe playing the odd-game with the Under-20’s. I think it is much more beneficial for me to stay out at Berwick and build up a profile for myself. I feel like I am learning every week; every match I play I look back on it and recognise areas of my game that I need to work on. I have played 18 matches for Berwick now – when I look at how I started out to how I am performing now, there has certainly been a big improvement, already.”