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19 Mar 2019 08:54:05
Quite a few folk getting their knickers in a twist over my post which mentioned young McCrorie as a potential captain in waiting and being a CB.

It is all about opinions (and stats)

McCrorie played CB 21 times in the premiership for Rangers last season and never lost a game.

Football is stressful, at all levels, but rank that up to be playing for Rangers and it is much much higher - McCrorie was 19/ 20 when he played in that position, and possibly it was too much, but remember he played very well, and maybe SG made the comments about this young lad's position was a challenge - after all it was such a very strange comment to make on one so young - only time will tell.

Katic also wants that position, so maybe the two of them working and training together will bring about the improvement we all want and need.

PS - Strange that Kilmarnock are very quiet on Broadfoot stud raking Morelos apart from one of them stating that Morelos made him do it? lol.

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19 Mar 2019 12:25:05
Other than when we lost 2-0 at home to Celtic you mean. He May very well end up as a CB but currently it doesn’t appear to be his best position.

19 Mar 2019 12:48:07
Ger78 - did he play in that game?

His stats on soccer base states that he played 21 games and suffered one defeat in Europe and was undefeated in Scotland.

And some of the headlines if you look back made him the main drive as CB, against Aberdeen, hibs and celtic.

19 Mar 2019 13:09:08
Yes he did, he did ok however for one of the goals (the first I think) he took a swip at the ball at the edge of the box after a corner, missed it and they scored. Anyway that’s not really the point, as I say I do think that he may end up as a CB and I feel that he may actually work well in a back 3 just now as can bring the ball out from the back, however I agree that, currently anyway, he’s still not dominant enough to play CB in a back 4.

19 Mar 2019 13:12:49
Plus your kind of contradicting yourself saying he was the ‘main CB drive’ against Celtic seeing as we lost every game to Celtic last year?!
And I wouldn’t rely on a site called soccer base for your stats. For a start it calls the game ‘soccer’.

19 Mar 2019 13:29:18
That was McCrorie first start for Rangers - he has come a long way from then.

19 Mar 2019 15:13:43
I agree he has, and I’m not trying to get at you at all True Blue, it’s just that I see it a lot on here when statements are given as fact when they’re not actually fully accurate. That’s the kind of thing that the Scottish press and folk like Michael Stewart and now Kris Boyd tend to do!
We can also tend to make sweeping statements either building players up or knocking them down far too quickly.
We’ve had Barisic going from ‘the best left back ever’ to useless sell him in a few months, Morelos going from useless last year to £20million at least in under a season from some folk. I even had a debate preseason with someone on here that stated Flanagan was going to be first choice right back and was an amazing player to which I stated Tav was first choice right back and would remain so and Flanagan had a lot to prove as it was 4 years ago that he was a great player. Point being none of us see these players day in day out at training or know who is best for which position we can only suggest on what we see during the games. Like you I do feel eventually Mccrorie will become a centre back but as we’ve seen with Worrall and Katic, young centre backs can be prone to mistakes and we all know what our fan base can be like when someone makes a mistake! Playing him at CB week in week out just now could end up destroying his confidence and putting back his development. He has bulked up and toughened up a bit this year which is good as in this league you need strength up against some of the bruisers other teams have up front. In time he’ll make a great CB but maybe not just yet.

19 Mar 2019 17:00:44
He didn't play 21 games at cb. 21 games all in the first 4 or 5 at cb before moving to midfield. He's a different animal in there, twice as effective as he is at the back.

19 Mar 2019 17:02:56
Ger78 - I agree what you have said and take your points but McCrorie has went from playing every week to not be played at all. Being slated publicly by SG does not seem to have been the ideal method of encouraging this young man, and some of the players who have taken his place really does seem strange, but as you say we do not see the training or attitudes.
It would now seem that we have an abundance of young players, for various positions, who are not getting game time, and if they have not been sent out on loan you would think that they will be played. I presume that SG will be giving them that time soon.
I still think SG is the man to turn around Rangers and once he has moved some on and brought in better we should get a better picture of whom he sees as his first team players.

19 Mar 2019 17:07:04
As I’ve said before True Blue you do talk sense in your texts, others do the same, ArthurD can be sensible as well so this site is not full of excitable guys ranting and raving, I enjoy some of the banter etc.

19 Mar 2019 17:42:48
Ulsterman - I like a debate and always put my hand up when proved wrong or in err, but I do not like, as you say, these one line poo pooers - who add little to the discussion other than trying to wind up everyone.

Have not saw you posting about the Morelos situation (Broadfoot boot scraping his achilles) and Kilmarnock player saying Morelos started it! lol.

19 Mar 2019 22:21:21
To be fair guys I think discussing Mcrorie right now is irrelevant anyway unfortunately.
I am far more concerned about the midfielders that have been keeping him out of the team.
Nobody has put their stamp on that midfield, nobody takes control or takes responsibility to run the show.
The debate about Mcrorie, for me anchor man all day long far more effective there.
I am pretty sure he was sent off against them last season at Ibrox as a CB, then again I think he was sent off against St mirren from midfield this season.
All season long teams have been winning the midfield battle against us because we don't have an enforcer.
Ryan Jack decent player, not an enforcer, Arfield sometimes shows up for games, creative not an enforcer, Kamara early days, tidy player again not an enforcer.
Nobody grabs the bull by the horns and drives the team on.
I think Mcrorie gets about, snaps into tackles, he is strong and resilient, he is mobile and young, so in my opinion I think he should be getting games instead of 1 of these other players.
Notice how I haven't even mentioned Davis, well that's as much as I can say about Davis.
Gerrard doesn't do himself or the players any favours though, all season long, questionable line ups, questionable subs and tactics.
He has messed about far too often for my liking. I don't know about everyone else but a steady partnership at the back and in midfield works better when your not chopping and changing things all the time.
Also about 6 million roughly spent between Grezda, Barisic and Katic, these guys are not doing it.
I will give Katic the benefit of the doubt as I do think there is a really good player there but he wasn't trusted after the great start he had and let's face it weather he has had a couple of bad games or not, Worral has been shocking more often than not.
Rant over.

19 Mar 2019 23:20:14
Never seen the incident True blue so can’t comment, I will only comment on things I know a bit about, but he’s well named broad- foot.

20 Mar 2019 15:28:40
Broadfoot must have learnt his ‘trade’ somewhere before Killie.



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