FRESH from signing a new deal today with his boyhood heroes, Robby McCrorie has targeted not only a place in the Rangers team in the coming seasons, but also the Scotland one.
McCrorie put pen to paper on a new deal which keeps him with Gers until 2023 having enjoyed massively successful loan spells with Championship Queen of the South and then Premiership Livingston last season.
Having now had that top-flight experience, one of McCrorie’s next aims is to make a mark on the Scotland squad as soon as he can.
Speaking to RangersTV today, McCrorie said: “It’s a medium one. It’s something I have always thought about – trying to be in the national team.
“It’s no different this year – even when I was younger, I was always pushing to try to get in to those squads and I am still in the under-21s as well.
“But I will be pushing to get in, but I’ll be pushing my own standards every day to try and get to that, so it means performing consistently in games hopefully to get that recognition.
“I’ve got time as I am still young, but there is no reason why I can’t be looking to do that – hopefully this season.”
It’s a dream come true for McCrorie to have the opportunity to try and stake a claim for a place at the club he has always supported.
He added: “It means a lot and I am buzzing that it is done. I first joined the club when I was just turning eight years-old and I am happy that the journey is continuing.
“It means everything to me and my family. It gives me more time to develop as well – I am still young but the club has shown faith in me to give me this contract, and I am just hoping to repay them by working hard and doing well when I can.”
McCrorie’s spells on loan in the last few years with Berwick Rangers, Morton, Queens and then Livi have pushed his level up each time, culminating in him being rewarded with this new long-term deal.
“It has improved me a lot,” he continued. “For every young player, I think the best thing to do is to get out and play games.
“The most important thing is I have played everywhere I have been, I have played and I have gone up a level each time.
“There has definitely been progress – mentally, physically and tactically. It has made me a better goalkeeper and I hope to continue that.
“It doesn’t matter what level you are at – your concentration levels and how you prepare for games and who you’re playing against – there is so much that comes into it, and it all adds to the big picture.
“At a club like Rangers, you might not be busy, but your concentration needs to be right for that one big save.
“This is all towards that and it is just about trying to prepare me in the best way possible for hopefully something like that happening in the future.”
McCrorie has had the benefit over the last few years to work alongside Allan McGregor on a daily basis.
He’s someone he has taken so, so much from, and said: “When I was younger, he was the number one at Rangers, so I was watching him as a kid, and how successful the club was.
“I was lucky enough before he left previously to train with him a few times, so I got an eye into seeing how professional he was and his level.
“He’s an international-standard goalkeeper and I think at Rangers, being a good goalkeeper isn’t good enough, you need to be the best so I definitely got an eye in for that early-on and I have always been of that mindset that is the level you need to be at to be successful.”