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Ross McCrorie has revealed his reasons for leaving Rangers this summer.
The young Ger departed on a season-long loan, much to the dismay of plenty of fans, as many were unhappy that there is an option to buy in the deal.
McCrorie has enjoyed success with Portsmouth so far though, playing five times and assisting one goal.
And, as reported by The Scottish Sun, gaining that playing time is exactly why he left: “He (Steven Gerrard) knew I wasn’t happy with the amount of appearances I made. He knew I wanted to be playing every week. I told him that.
“He told me the squad is so big at Rangers it would be tough. I could have stayed in my comfort zone and played a few games but I wanted to go somewhere, play and make a bit of a name for myself.
“He could’ve been selfish and kept me at Rangers, but he said I had to be selfish.
“I’m 21 and I need to play games to develop. I don’t want to be sitting about anymore.”
The 6 foot 3 ace’s comments tell us two things. First, they reveal refreshing honesty from Gerrard and a genuine desire to do what’s best for his players.
It would be all too easy for the gaffer to keep the youngster in Glasgow to boost his squad depth, as a player who can perform at both defensive midfield and centre-back would certainly be useful for any manager.
Instead, the Liverpool legend encouraged the young talent to be “selfish”, and that’s exactly what he did.
That also tells us a lot about the attitude of McCrorie, clearly not content to sit warming the bench and collecting his pay packet.
The 21 year-old’s desire to go to a team expected to be challenging for promotion and prove himself reveals a top mentality, the exact type of mentality Rangers will need to topple Celtic’s Premiership reign if he returns after his loan spell.