Monday, 16 April 2018

Is Graeme Murty ruining young Rangers star's development?

We already knew Rangers’ defence is easily the worst SPL Rangers defence in modern history, perhaps even ever.

That Fabio Cardoso, the outgoing David Bates, Bruno Alves and Russell Martin are the main selections for the backline sums up where we are in that area of the pitch, and continues to make a mockery of the increasingly appalling January decision to get rid of Danny Wilson, prioritise Bates and sign up Martin.

And while many fans are absolutely killing Martin for yet another inept display, it was the out-of-sorts Ross McCrorie we feel more for.

We’ve said it on Ibrox Noise time and time again – the lad is NOT a defender. We have been quite vocal in conveying our displeasure at him being selected there, and it is evident to anyone with a basic knowledge of football that he is not comfortable there.

He struggled against Dundee, before being removed with an injury, and was clearly completely out of his depth against Celtic.

One of the half decent things Murty did during the ‘good’ spell at Ibrox (feels like forever ago now doesn’t it) earlier this year was shifting McCrorie forward into defensive midfield.

This gave him less pressure to read the line, to play offside, and to avoid getting caught goalside, and the freedom to protect the backline, spread the play, and break up opposition forays.

He simply did a lot better there – he struggled against Celtic in September at the back there, and was extremely poor in the following match away in Hamilton.

But when he got switched to DM he started to thrive.

Back to defence now and his frailties in that slot get exposed again – it is true that Dembele destroyed him yesterday, but don’t blame Ross.

His strongest slot is in front of that, and his manager is doing him no favours by putting him back there.

Some fans did advocate use of him in defence in light of the appalling options otherwise, but the last two displays from him there are stark evidence that he is not a defender.

And to keep selecting him there will ruin his development.


  1. While I agree McCrorie is best deployed as a DM who would you advocate Murty had played in central defence yesterday. Alves and Martin are too slow to play as a pair. Murty probably got it wrong by not playing Alves alongside McCrorie as the Portuguese is the best we have in the air which is also McCrorie’s weakness. The truth of the matter is that King and Allen have left us in the mess with a paucity of resources. To let Wilson go and then not to invest in Bates is unfathomable. Let’s not make Murty the scapegoat here. He’s the easy target. The real blame lies with King, Allen, and a squad of under-achieving bottlers.

    1. ross always played centre back the fault lies with murchie and craig mullholland this boy should have been out on loan for a year and you would have seen a more accomplished young boy he only played a few times at ayr and dumbarton never really got a chance both these guys are only trying to save their jobs for the failures at murray park no trophies in six years at 17 and 20

  2. The Boy is a DM
    Fckin Play Him There!!

    Shitty Defence
    McCrorie & Docherty
    Candeias Dorrans Murphy


  3. He is actually a cb not a midfielder. Personally his partner let him down. It was obvious that dembele was just pushing him around and Martin should have helped him but he didn’t. I think Alves playing beside him would help a lot. Experienced cb beside a good youngester always works well

  4. The problems are worse than i beleived to be, the club seems so fragmented and yesterdays result should be the catalyst for change as it was for them under deila but will it? fuck a DOF,WALTER SMITH should be offered a senior and strategic role in player recrutment as he knows the type needed having managed a team full of internationals with different strenghs ect.Also what is very noticeable is the captaincy role at ibrox, that armband used to only be for leaders wth stature who would become legends with honour, it's now passed about in a manner of a local school team. where is our greig, gough, butcher?we need a CHAIRMAN to operate from home and not an overseas fan with a few bob.

  5. Don’t we have another ch named Wilson who has already had a couple of games in the first team. I know he is on loan at the moment but get him back and see what he can do

  6. wilson injured but mc crorie needs a year at a championship club to learn he is a smashing tenacious player played for years at centre back or left back never midfield notice the mention about youth players with their celtic kits on at hampden try there facebook pages with their tri colours this is murray park for you under mullholland and murchie the latter could not make a substition without permission from the head of youth thats how our youth dept works we have achieved nothing under them and never won anything under their tenure no glasgow cup league cup or leagues in six years players want out due to no future only told lies all the players who had a chance want out play meanining less games at 20s no challenge only riendlies how do you learn to compete

  7. close Dexter re who has left us in a mess, know u wont agree, but we missed the real trick by getting rid of Ashley, now how do we rid ourselves of King , anything else is immaterial, once he goes our fortunes change J


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