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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could make the decision to send Ross McCrorie out on loan next season, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
With Gerrard significantly strengthening his squad this summer, making seven first-team signings so far, competition is fiercer than ever at Ibrox for established squad members.
McCrorie could now be one of the players that suffers, with the Gers boss revealing the midfielder won’t be one of his key players in the team next season.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Gerrard said:
“With Ross I’ll have a conversation with him as the pre-season goes on. It will boil down to what Ross’ ambitions are. A lot of boys think differently to the way I think.
“It will come down to what will satisfy Ross over the season. If he’s expecting to start every single game, that won’t be the case.
“But I’ll speak to him before deciding what to do next.”
Earlier this month, McCrorie said he wants to play “week in, week out” for the Ibrox club, so it’s doubtful he will be happy to spend large chunks of the 2019/20 campaign on the bench.
Rangers don’t have many homegrown prospects in the first-team squad and not giving him the opportunities he needs to progress could prove to be a mistake.
The club need to start bringing through young players from the academy to bring long-term stability to Ibrox.
Nonetheless, McCrorie does need regular first-team action to develop further and a loan move will be better for him than struggling to stay above water in the Gers squad.
If Gerrard doesn’t expect him to be doubling his start total across 60+ games in four competitions next term, then is it worth the worth the player sticking around at Ibrox?