Wednesday 5th April 2017

ROSS McCRORIE has only just turned 19 – and played football for three different teams within the last month.

But try telling the on-loan Dumbarton midfielder that it’s too much.

Having helped Rangers to the Scottish Youth Cup final with victory over Kilmarnock, he then made his first start for Sons against Hibernian at Easter Road on his 19th birthday.

International duty then followed, alongside Dumbarton team-mate Daniel Harvie, with Scotland under-19s.

Ross then returned to Sons colours for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Morton, and it was a game he was delighted to feature in.

He said: “I’ve had to bide my time to get in the starting XI but I’ve taken my chance and hopefully I can keep playing well.

“As well as that, I also hope I can help the team pick up as many points as possible to ensure we are safe from relegation.

“I’m really enjoying it with Dumbarton. Training has been brilliant – I know Ian Durrant and Tom Lang from our time together at Rangers, but all the boys have been great.

“Saturday was a tough game on a heavy pitch, but the team pulled it out of the bag and I think we deserved it in the end.”

The attention of everybody at Dumbarton now switches to Roller Coaster Saturday and the trip to visit St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

A win will put Sons seven points clear of the Buddies, who have to visit all of the current top four during their remaining five fixtures.

It would also be a giant step towards the goal of securing survival in the Championship on a day when all of the bottom six play each other.

Should the battle for survival be won, Ross also hopes that it can earn him a crack at first team football with Rangers.

He added: “It’s a really big game at St Mirren and we’re all looking forward to it.

“We have a lot of confidence in our team and feel we have good ability all through the squad.

“I’ve just signed another two and a half year deal with Rangers, so hopefully I can continue to play well for them.

“By the time I am back there next season, hopefully the manager will feel I am ready for a shot in the first team.”

Andy Galloway

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