Huge Glasgow Rangers fans favourite Ross McCrorie had the opportunity to take a one-year-loan-deal with Portsmouth, or stay at Ibrox and play when chosen.

The Gers midfielder decided to move for the sake of obtaining regular first-team experience of playing every game next season, when fit enough to start.

The good news is Rangers manager Steven Gerrard did not permit Portsmouth to include a clause allowing them to sign him at the end of the loan deal.

The Gers fans were livid when that rumour started last week.

Gerrard also loaned young Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty to Shrewsbury Town last season, at the same age and stage of his football education as McCrorie, and it certainly paid off.

Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Ryan Jack played some fantastic football together in five of the last six games last season.

It was glaringly obvious to all the players at Rangers that this talented blend of midfield maestros really started to gel together magnificently.

They are a very impressive midfield, playing fast passing exciting football as a unit.

With their athleticism in place and pressing the ball correctly together, it makes them so difficult to beat.

Now Gerrard has brought back Docherty, who was Shrewsbury’s player of the year in 2018-19, with the youngster given the opportunity to fight for a Rangers starting XI berth.

In his first friendly game he scored a cracking 20-yard strike and made a good impression, and the second game against Oxford he was a huge success without scoring.

Not only that, Rangers have signed 22-year-old ex-Charlton star Joe Aribo, who also scored 10 important goals for the Addicks and supplied many assisted goals for his team-mates last season.

He started both friendlies against Welsh side, TNS and for the first hour of the Oxford United Ibrox match, and looked different class with sensational potential.

Basically Gerrard’s tactic is for Rangers to totally dominate the game in midfield and stop their opponents from performing their normal style of play.

This present Gers team is the fittest and most energetic I have ever seen at this early stage of any season, with the right blend of ages and sizes throughout the team.

Will Gerrard’s talent allow him to fit top goalscoring Aribo and Docherty into the team and improve the team further. 

Hopefully, in 12 months time, McCrorie will be knocking on the Rangers manager’s door demanding a place in the first-team squad after a successful loan period at Portsmouth.

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