Manchester United move for Robby McCrorie unlikely to face tough Rangers resistance
Dean Henderson’s expected departure to Nottingham Forest is reported to be close [The Telegraph] and this could prompt a reshuffle behind David de Gea this summer.
The Scottish Sun claim Manchester United have expressed surprise interest in Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie.
Erik ten Hag could bring him in as back-up, with it unclear whether he would be happy with 36-year-old Tom Heaton as his number two.
McCrorie, 24, was called into the Scotland squad last month, although is yet to make his international debut.
Manchester United move for Robby McCrorie
Manchester United are unlikely to face much resistance from Rangers for McCrorie, as he is currently set to be third choice at Ibrox.
Rangers yesterday announced veteran stopper Allan McGregor, 40, has been offered a contract extension.
Jon McLaughlin, a 34-year-old Scotland international, was expected to be number one if McGregor had been released.
McCrorie’s contract at Rangers is set to expire in 2023, and The Scottish Sun report he would be open to joining Manchester United and backing up David de Gea.
During his career so far, McCrorie has only made two first team appearances for Rangers, as he has been out on loan so frequently.
He has racked up 87 appearances out on loan, including 26 at Scottish Premiership club Livingston.
His real aim is to go and play first team football, and with one year left on his deal, another loan away from Rangers makes little sense, he needs to leave permanently. McGregor’s renewal makes an exit more likely.
Even though McCrorie would only be a back-up at Manchester United, this would be too good an opportunity to refuse.
Is McCrorie good enough?
The obvious question is if a player is just third choice for Rangers, then can he possibly be second – or even first choice at Manchester United?
We would obviously trust in new manager Erik ten Hag’s recruitment if this is a move he makes, but the goalkeeper will have a lot to prove.
Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told the Daily Record a year ago: “We think he’s got the potential to one day be a Rangers number one. He’s come back in fantastic shape, trained well, seems to have a bit more maturity about how he goes about his work. I’d have no doubts about using him again at any given time.”
This might not be a move which causes excitement among fans, reshuffles with back-up goalkeepers tend to happen each summer without having any impact.
If a goalkeeper is brought in, it would be better for one to sign who has a chance of succeeding De Gea when his contract expires in 2023, if he is let go. McCrorie probably would not be ready to stake a claim to be number one.